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Cablegate: New Zealand On Aviation Security, the Diplomatic

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RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHWL #0623 2230218
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 110218Z AUG 06
FM AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3134
INFO RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 4504
RUEHMT/AMCONSUL MONTREAL 0017

UNCLAS WELLINGTON 000623

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR IO/T LTOBEY, L/DL FOR SBENDA AND EAP/ANP DRICCI
MONTREAL PASS TO USICAO

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KTIA ASEC ADPM EAIR AORC OPDC NZ
SUBJECT: NEW ZEALAND ON AVIATION SECURITY, THE DIPLOMATIC
POUCH AND THE VIENNA CONVENTION

REF: A. STATE 112194
B. STATE 128260

1. (SBU) On July 13, Post delivered ref A points to Chris
Ford, Manager Security, Civilian Aviation Authority of New
Zealand, and Megan Beecroft and Nigel Mouat, Ministry of
Transportation. On August 10, Ford told Post that GNZ
concurs with the USG views expressed in ref A, saying that
GNZ "does not see as appropriate x-raying of the diplomatic
pouch, and New Zealand's supporting regulations do not allow
it." "It should not be the role of an aviation security
panel to interpret the Vienna Convention," Ford added,
"rather it is a matter for an international jurist and not a
technical group."

2. (SBU) GNZ will support USG views at the International
Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Avian Security (AVSEC)
Panel in Montreal in September, where Ford will be head of
the New Zealand delegation.
McCormick

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