Search

 

Cablegate: Hmg Shares Usg Concerns On Unesco Dg

P 151708Z DEC 08
FM AMEMBASSY LONDON
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0689

C O N F I D E N T I A L LONDON 003132


NOFORN

DEPARTMENT TO IO/UNESCO - KELLY SIEKMAN

E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/15/2018
TAGS: PREL UNESCO UK
SUBJECT: HMG SHARES USG CONCERNS ON UNESCO DG

REF: STATE 130916 Classified By: Political Minister Counselor Greg Berry for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

1. (C) William Gatward of the FCO's International Organizations Department (Specialized Agencies Team) told Poloff that HMG was not in favor of Egypt's nomination of Culture Minister Farouk Hosni for Director General (DG) of UNESCO, but had made no official decision. Gatward said that Hosni is "not the right man for the job," although Gatward said HMG is more concerned with his lack of administrative skills than his ethical/political inappropriateness. Gatward also said that HMG is "nervous" that there appears to be no viable competition at this point, dismissing both the Lithuanian and Bulgarian proposed candidates as "unacceptably innocuous." He said that HMG is not sure how vocal it is willing to be regarding its objections to Hosni.

2. (C) Gatward said that HMG is not currently planning on an endorsement of Hosni. He said that HMG would welcome the opportunity to work with the USG on finding a viable alternative and requested that USG share the names of any possible candidates that USG might identify. Visit London's Classified Website: XXXXXXXXXXXX
TUTTLE

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

APEC : Leaders Issue Kuala Lumpur Declaration

The leaders of the 21 APEC member economies issued the Kuala Lumpur Declaration following the first-ever virtual 27th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting chaired by Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Convening for the first time since the ... More>>

UN: Refugee Resettlement Numbers Fall To Lowest In Two Decades

Refugee resettlement numbers will be at a “record low” this year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday, with only 15,425 people resettled in the first nine months of 2020, compared to more than 50,000 in 2019. In 2016, resettlement ... More>>

G20: Global Co-Operation And Strong Policy Action Needed For A Sustainable Recovery

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed major weaknesses in our economies that can only be fixed through greater global co-operation and strong, targeted policy action, according to a new OECD report presented to the Leaders of the G20 countries at their ... More>>

OECD: GDP Rebounded By 9.0% In The Third Quarter Of 2020 But Remains Below Pre-Pandemic High

Following the unprecedented falls in real gross domestic product (GDP) in the first half of the year in the wake of COVID-19 containment measures, GDP in the OECD area rebounded by 9.0% in the third quarter of 2020 but it remains 4.3% below its pre-crisis ... More>>