Search

 

Cablegate: Update On Pa Bid for Wto Observer Status

VZCZCXRO3884
RR RUEHIK
DE RUEHGV #0839 2800633
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 070633Z OCT 09
FM USMISSION GENEVA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 9496
INFO RUEHTV/AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV 4633
RUEHJM/AMCONSUL JERUSALEM 0896
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 6910
RUEHOT/AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 5724
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 6543
RUEHSW/AMEMBASSY BERN 8532
RUEHNY/AMEMBASSY OSLO 2045
RUEHKV/AMEMBASSY KYIV 1075
RUEHRH/AMEMBASSY RIYADH 0725
RUEHEG/AMEMBASSY CAIRO 2011
RUEHAM/AMEMBASSY AMMAN 1069
RUEHAK/AMEMBASSY ANKARA 1820
RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS GENEVA 000839

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED

SIPDIS

DEPT PASS USTR
TEL AVIV FOR AMB, DCM, AND ECON
USTR FOR CKLEIN, AVENKATARAMAN,SFRANCESKI, MMOWREY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETRD WTRO ECON PREL KWBG IS
SUBJECT: UPDATE ON PA BID FOR WTO OBSERVER STATUS

Reftels: (a) Jerusalem 1607 (B) Secstate 99831 (c) Geneva00783
(d) Tel Aviv 02166

1. (SBU) PA Ambassador Khraishi called on General Council (GC) Chair
Matus yesterday to present their formal request for observer status
in the GC. Charge was told by someone who was at the meeting that
Matus responded that it is too late at this time for the matter to
be placed on the agenda for the October GC meeting but that he would
circulate the request and consult with Members. Khraishi was low
key in his response, making clear that he does not intend to try and
make this a big political issue at this point. He then asked what
would be necessary to secure observership at the upcoming
Ministerial Conference. Matus explained that the PA would need to
submit a request.

2. (SBU) We have been told that Matus plans to call a meeting on
Thursday of the 16 WTO Members, including Israel, that he has
consulted with so far. His intention is to try and calm the waters
before the October GC. At Thursday's meeting the plan is to advise
the parties concerned that he has just received the formal request,
he does not plan to place it on the agenda for the October GC, but
he intends to consult on the request with Members. We understand
that Matus is still concerned about Egypt wanting to make a
political issue at the GC. Interestingly, we understand that he has
also spoken to the Tunisian Ambassador, who is current coordinator
of the Arab Group of WTO Members, and has found him to be more
moderate on this issue.

3. (SBU) The PA's interest in requesting observership at the MC is
a new development. When they originally called on Matus some weeks
ago they said they were not going to make such a request since they
would automatically obtain observership at the MC by being granted
observership in the GC. They described asking for observership at
the MC alone as second class status. At this point the only things
standing in the way of the PA's observership at the MC is the need
for them to make the request, which we believe is in the works, and
Israel's objection. Action on the request would require a GC
decision. Such a decision would not be placed on the agenda for the
October GC unless the PA gets its request in quickly and Israel
lifts its objection before Thursday night when the agenda closes.
However, there will be another GC meeting in mid-November where this
issue could be taken up if it were ripe at that point.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

UN: COVID Contributed To 69,000 Malaria Deaths WHO Finds, Though ‘Doomsday Scenario’ Averted
Disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in considerable increases in malaria cases and deaths between 2019 and 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday... More>>



Save The Children: World Leaders Urged To Halt Escalating Hunger Crisis

A group of 120 non-governmental organisations has joined forces in an open letter calling on world leaders to do more to halt a devastating global hunger crisis as new analysis shows the number of people likely to be in need of humanitarian aid in 2022 could rise by 17%...More>>

WMO: Another La Niña Impacts Temperatures And Precipitation – But Not Climate Change
La Niña has developed for the second consecutive year and is expected to last into early 2022, influencing temperatures and precipitation. Despite the cooling influence of this naturally occurring climate phenomenon, temperatures in many parts of the world are expected to be above average because of the accumulated heat trapped in the atmosphere...
More>>


Cook Islands: First COVID Case "historical"

The 10 year old child who provided two ‘weak positive’ covid test results after arriving in Rarotonga last Thursday, has returned a negative result in his latest test. That means he’s not infectious and this is an historical case... More>>


Oxfam: Failure To Vaccinate The World Created Perfect Breeding Ground For Omicron, Say Campaigners

Campaigners from the People’s Vaccine Alliance say the refusal of pharmaceutical companies to openly share their vaccine science and technology and the lack of action from rich countries to ensure access to vaccines globally have created the perfect breeding ground for new variants such as Omicron... More>>


World Food Programme: Millions More In Need Of Food Assistance As A Direct Result Of Conflict In Northern Ethiopia

The number of people in need of humanitarian food assistance across northern Ethiopia has grown to an estimated 9.4 million as a direct result of ongoing conflict, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today... More>>