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Cablegate: France Supports U.S. For Imo Council

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SUBJECT: FRANCE SUPPORTS U.S. FOR IMO COUNCIL

REF: STATE 98012

(SBU) On September 22, MFA Deputy Director for International
Organizations, Emmanuel Cocher, responded favorably to refel
demarche on supporting the U.S. candidacy to the
International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council. He
explained that France, having already completed appropriate
interagency reviews, would soon be formally notifying current
Category A countries that it supports their reelection.
Cocher added that one of France's goals at the IMO is
"stabilize the membership within the categories." Therefore,
Cocher requested that the U.S. support France's reelection
bid to Category B, should the race be contested.
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