Cablegate: Canada Supports Resolution On Compliance With
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SUBJECT: CANADA SUPPORTS RESOLUTION ON COMPLIANCE WITH
NON-PROLIFERATION, ARMS LIMITATION AND DISARMAMENT
REF: STATE 87531
1. (SBU) Following up on reftel demarche, Department of
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Deputy Director for
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Craig Weichel told pol/mil officer
on September 19 that Canada would vote for the U.S.-sponsored
UNGA First Committee Resolution on Compliance with
Non-Proliferation, Arms Limitation and Disarmament
Agreements. Weichel noted, however that, unlike the U.S.
records (reftel, para 5), his government's UN voting matrix
indicated that Canada voted for, but did not sponsor, a very
similar resolution in 2005.
2. (SBU) Weichel further explained that, with the government
now in "caretaker status" in advance of the October 14
federal election, it would be nearly impossible for him to
get authorization to co-sponsor the resolution this year.
"Caretaker rules" call on the bureaucracy to "do as they did"
in previous votes as much as possible, he noted. Given the
strong similarity between the 2005 and 2008 resolutions, the
best Canada could do in this instance would be to promise to
vote for, but not sponsor, the resolution at the 2008 UNGA,
according to Weichel.
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