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Cablegate: Jamaica: Letter to Transportation Secretary Peters Re

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P 011918Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY KINGSTON
TO RULSJGA/DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5541
INFO RUCNCOM/EC CARICOM COLLECTIVE
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 0403
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0123
RULSJGA/COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 KINGSTON 001625

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

SIPDIS

TRANSPORTATION FOR SECRETARY PETERS
STATE FOR IO/T - LAURA LUFTIG
WHA/CAR - JOE TILGHMAN
LONDON FOR EST - J. WHITTLESEY
USCG FOR CG-52 AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC IMO EWWT PHSA UK JM XL
SUBJECT: JAMAICA: LETTER TO TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY PETERS re
CANDIDACY FOR CAT C OF IMO COUNCIL

REF: (A) STATE 148540 (250018Z OCT 07)

(B) KINGSTON 1604 (291728Z OCT 07)

1.(SBU) Post has received the following diplomatic note, dated 26
October 2007, from the Government of Jamaica (GOJ)'s Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade:

(Begin text of GOJ diplomatic note 50/140/19)
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" The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica
present its compliments to the Embassy of the United States of
America and, with reference to Jamaica's candidature to the Council
of the International Maritime Organization, Category C, has the
honour to enclose a letter from the Minister of Transport and Works,
Honourable L. Michael Henry, addressed to Mrs. Mary E. Peters,
Secretary of Transportation, United States of America.

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The Ministry further has the honour to request the assistance of the
Embassy in transmitting the above-mentioned correspondence to its
high destination.

The Ministry of Foreign affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica avails
itself of this opportunity to renew to the Embassy of the United
States of America the assurances of its highest consideration. "

(End text of GOJ diplomatic note 50/140/19)
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2.(SBU) Enclosed with the above note was the following letter,
dated October 4, from the Government of Jamaica's Minister of
Transport and Works, the Hon. L. Michael Henry, addressed to
Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters:

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(Begin text of Henry - Peters letter dated Oct. 4)
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" Dear Colleague Minister,

As you are aware, the elections for the Council for the
International Maritime Organization (IMO) will be held during the
25th Session of the IMO General Assembly to be held in London from
November 19 to 30, 2007. Jamaica has submitted its candidature for
election to Category C of the Council and is seeking the support of
the United States in this regard.

Jamaica has been a member of the IMO since 1976 and has ratified the
most important conventions governing maritime safety, security and
pollution prevention. Over the years our participation in the work
of the IMO has increased. Jamaica currently has the honour of
chairing the IMO Sub-Committee on Standards of training and
Watch-keeping and two (2) Jamaicans serve on the IMO Panel of
Competent persons. We have also had the honour to chair Committee I
of the 23rd Assembly in 2003 and have been an active member of the
Maritime Safety Committee's maritime Security Working Group.

The decision of the Government to submit its candidature for
category C membership of the Council is strategic and of critical
importance to both Jamaica and the Caribbean Region. The country
has a broad-based maritime infrastructure comprising ports, seafarer
training, shipping, maritime administration and allied activities
and has a vested interest in port, flag and coastal state
standards.

Additionally Jamaica has been at the forefront of the efforts of the
Caribbean to develop and regulate the Region's maritime activities
in accordance with international standards.

The Government of Jamaica is therefore confident that, if elected to
the IMO Council, Jamaica will be able to make a more meaningful
contribution to the work of the IMO and effectively represent our
Region.

The United States and Jamaica enjoy friendly relations and we would
be grateful for your support in our election bid. I look forward to
your support and hope to meet you at the 25th Session of the
Assembly of the IMO.

Thank you, and please accept the assurances of my highest
consideration.

KINGSTON 00001625 002 OF 002

Yours sincerely,
//s//
L. Michael Henry, C.D., M.P.
Minister "

(End text of Henry - Peters letter dated Oct. 4)
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3.(U) Post will transmit original of the above letter to WHA/CAR
via pouch.

JOHNSON

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