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Cablegate: Nepal: Demarche Delivered in Support of U.S.

VZCZCXRO7034
OO RUEHCI
DE RUEHKT #1979 3190708
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 150708Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY KATHMANDU
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7462
INFO RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING PRIORITY 6140
RUEHLM/AMEMBASSY COLOMBO PRIORITY 6459
RUEHKA/AMEMBASSY DHAKA PRIORITY 1711
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD PRIORITY 4482
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 5733
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY 1985
RUEHCI/AMCONSUL KOLKATA PRIORITY 3861
RULSJGA/COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 2991
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHDC PRIORITY
RHMFIUU/CDR USPACOM HONOLULU HI PRIORITY
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC PRIORITY
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY

UNCLAS KATHMANDU 001979

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR IO/T - L. LUFTIG
LONDON FOR EST - J. WHITTLESEY
USCG FOR CG-52 AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC IMO EWWT PHSA UK NP
SUBJECT: NEPAL: DEMARCHE DELIVERED IN SUPPORT OF U.S.
CANDIDACY FOR INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION COUNCIL

REF: SECSTATE 148540

Foreign Ministry Still Considering IMO Vote
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1. On November 14, Rudra Nepal, Under Secretary of UN and
International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs (MFA), informed Emboff that the Government of Nepal
was still considering its vote for the International Maritime
Organization (IMO) council. Emboff on November 5 had met
with MFA Americas Section Officer Leknath Bhattarai to urge
the Government of Nepal to support U.S. re-election to
Category "A" of the IMO council during the 25th IMO assembly
in London from November 19. Bhattarai had taken the request
without comment.

Transport Ministry Noncommittal
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2. Emboff on November 1 also approached Khagendra Mani
Pokherel, Director General of the Department of Transport
Management at the Ministry of Labor and Transport Management,
to ask for support. Pokherel wryly noted that Nepal is a
land-locked country, but he said the government would take
this request into consideration.
POWELL

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