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Cablegate: Namibia Inclined to Support Us Imo Candidacy

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R 230923Z OCT 09
FM AMEMBASSY WINDHOEK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0828
INFO RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 0150

UNCLAS WINDHOEK 000387

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SIPDIS

FOR IO/T FOR THOMAS A. JOHNSON,
LONDON FOR EST--J.WHITTLESEY,
PASS TO USCG FOR CG-52

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AA AORC EWWT IMO PHSA UK WA
SUBJECT: NAMIBIA INCLINED TO SUPPORT US IMO CANDIDACY

REF: STATE 98012

1. (SBU) Post delivered reftel demarche via diplomatic note
on September 28. On October 22, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Officer Veendapi Kamupingene stated to econoff telephonically
that Namibia was "inclined" to support the re-election of the
United States to the International Maritime Organization's
(IMO) Council as a Category "A" member. Kamupingene remarked
that the MFA does not, as a matter of practice, indicate in
writing how it will vote at the meetings of international
organizations. When pressed on the meaning of "inclined,"
Kamupingene noted that Namibia had no objections to our
candidacy.

2. (SBU) Comment: Kamupingene's statement that Namibia is
"inclined" to support the U.S. candidacy is likely the most
definitive statement we will receive from the MFA. End
Comment
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