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STATE FOR WHA/CAN, IO/T (L. Tobey) EB/CIP/TS (D. May)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC ECPS EU EWWT IMO INMARSAT KHLS CA
SUBJ: Canada's Views on American IMSO DG Candidate Steven Lett

Ref: State 140757

1. Sensitive but Unclassified, do not release outside USG channels.
2. (SBU) EMIN delivered diplomatic note/demarche (reftel) on August
28 to Santiago Reyes-Borda, who will be the GoC's Head of Delegation
to the September 25 through 29 Assembly of the International Mobile
Satellite Organization (IMSO). Reyes-Borda noted Lett's "excellent"
qualifications and noted that he had worked often with Lett in
various multilateral fora. He commented that Canada is "very, very
pleased that Steven is a candidate" and added that Canada is
"looking forward to working in IMSO with Mr. Lett's direction".
Comment: Reading between the lines is not difficult, and we
conclude that Canada is very favorably disposed towards the American
candidate. End comment.
3. (SBU) Nevertheless, at this juncture, the GoC is not yet willing
to formally and openly endorse one candidate over another.
Reyes-Borda indicated that Canada will likely declare its preference
only just prior the start of the Assembly. Reyes-Bordas told us he
is consulting with Transport Canada, Fisheries and Oceans and
Canadian Coast Guard; he added that Steven Lett is a familiar and
well-regarded name among his interlocutors in those departments.
Embassy subsequently delivered the diplomatic note/demarche in
reftel to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade,
although that department is not substantively involved in IMSO
matters.
4. (SBU) Reyes-Borda told EMIN that Canada and the USA see
eye-to-eye on most issues at IMSO, especially that the IMSO should
be a trim and efficient organization that does not interfere with
domestic policy. Reyes-Borda indicated that Canada is concerned
with the future oversight role by IMSO of "Long Range Tracking and
Identification" (LRTI) activities, indicating that the United States
(in particular the Coast Guard) shares Canada's concerns. He also
expressed Canada's views that the IMSO Advisory Committee needs to
be strengthened and that the IMSO needs to become less of a
"Director General driven" body, but rather must become more
"administration-driven".
5. (U) Santiago Reyes-Borda is the Senior Advisor, International
Telecommunications Policy and Coordination at Industry Canada. The
other member of the Canadian delegation at the IMSO Assembly will be
Sam Ryan, Project Manager, Navigation Systems at Fisheries and
Oceans Canada.

DICKSON

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