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Cablegate: Burundi: Nuclear Terrorism Convention Awaiting

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R 271034Z JUL 07
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER KNNP MCAP PINR PINS PARM PREL BY
SUBJECT: BURUNDI: NUCLEAR TERRORISM CONVENTION AWAITING
RATIFICATION

REF: STATE 102149

1. (U) Burundi has signed, but has not yet ratified, the
International Convention for the Suppression of Nuclear
Terrorism, according to Burundi's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(MFA). DCM met on July 27 with the MFA's Chief of Staff,
Alain Niyamitwe, to urge that Burundi ratify the convention
as soon as possible. Niyamitwe could not immediately provide
a timetable for parliamentary ratification. He noted that
the threat of nuclear terrorist acts in Burundi was
relatively small, when compared to that which other nations
face. Niyamitwe noted, however, that he expected that there
would be no difficulty in ratifying the treaty, once the
Parliament began deliberations. He did not expect that
partisan politics would enter the debate, since there would
likely be a broad consensus in support of the treaty.

2. (U) The Chef de Cabinet opined as well that additional
legislation would be necessary for Burundi to be able to
adhere to the provisions of the treaty; he speculated that
the Government of Burundi might thus delay ratification until
necessary statutes are put into place.
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