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Cablegate: Burma Demarches Delivered to Gnz

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STATE FOR EAP/ANP, EAP/MLS AARON COPE

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TAGS: PHUM PREL KDEM NZ BM
SUBJECT: BURMA DEMARCHES DELIVERED TO GNZ

REF: A. A) STATE 148540

B. B) STATE 148528
C. C) STATE 146862

1. (SBU) Pol/Econ Counselor passed the information and
suggestions outlined in reftel demarches to Bernadette
Cavanagh, who recently began work as the Head of the
Southeast Asia Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Trade (MFAT). Cavanagh thanked the Embassy for the update on
the latest USG actions and the websites provided in reftel C;
she also appreciated the proposals outlined in reftels A and
B, as the GNZ is still in the process of preparing a paper
for Ministers on next steps in addressing the violence and
continued persecution of pro-democracy activists in Burma.

2. (SBU) Cavanagh proposed meeting next week following the
submission of the MFAT paper, so that she could provide a
fuller brief on New Zealand's thinking. We note that there
has been some reaction in the press to the GNZ reaction to
date, with criticism from the Green Party and others over the
lack of strong GNZ action other than tough words and press
statements. One press article from October 5 noted that the
Government's NZD 13.1 billion New Zealand Superannuation Fund
has acknowledged that some of the companies (France's Total
SA, China Petroleum and Chemical/Sinopec, and Malaysia's
Petronas) it invests in have operations in Burma; another
Chinese company is also reportedly receiving investment funds
from the Fund. A Fund spokeswoman has said that if sanctions
were applied, the Fund would review its investments.
However, MFAT has told us that New Zealand domestic law makes
application of sanctions difficult in the absence of a UN
sanctions resolution.


McCormick

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