Search

 

Cablegate: China: Proposed Amendments to Gicnt Terms Of

VZCZCXYZ0002
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHBJ #3475 3621049
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 281049Z DEC 09
FM AMEMBASSY BEIJING
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7441
INFO RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 9462
RUEHUP/AMEMBASSY BUDAPEST 0083
RUEHTC/AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE 1434

UNCLAS BEIJING 003475

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EAP/CM AND ISN/WMDT

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PARM PREL PTER KGIC MNUC CH
SUBJECT: CHINA: PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO GICNT TERMS OF

REFERENCE DELIVERED

REF: STATE 130750

1. PolOff delivered reftel demarche informing China of the
proposed amendments to the Global Initiative to Combat
Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) Terms of Reference to MFA Arms
Control and Disarmament Department Nuclear Division Officer
Xu Feng on December 28. Xu thanked PolOff for the draft
Terms of Reference and said he would consult within the
Chinese government "to see what we could contribute to the
draft." Xu said that his understanding of the GICNT was that
it was a forum for partners to exchange information on how to
combat nuclear terrorism. In its current format, the GICNT
was not "institutionalized" nor did there exist a permanent
agency to conduct its work. With some of the proposed
changes in the Terms of Reference, Xu asked whether the
United States and Russia were looking to move the GICNT into
a more "structured mechanism."

2. PolOff emphasized that the January 19, 2010 Exercise
Planning Group (EPG) meeting would provide an opportunity for
GICNT partners to discuss the proposed amendments before the
June 2010 Plenary. Xu said that his office was considering a
positive decision with regard to China's participation in the
EPG and would "actively participate" in the discussions. Xu
also asked PolOff whether Washington could provide more
information about the proposed location for the June 2010
Plenary. PolOff agreed to convey Beijing's questions to
Washington.
GOLDBERG

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


Palestinian Ministry of Health: Developments In The Health Situation During The Israeli Aggression On The Cities & Governorates Of The Gaza Strip
For the second day in a row, the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip continues by targeting overcrowded residential areas and neighborhoods, as the death toll rose to 13 citizens, including a 5-year-old girl and a 23-year-old woman... More>>


UN: Horn Of Africa Faces Most ‘Catastrophic’ Food Insecurity In Decades, Warns WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday that the Greater Horn of Africa is experiencing one of the worst famines of the last 70 years... More>>

FAO: Warns 90 Per Cent Of Earth’s Topsoil At Risk By 2050
A full 90 per cent of the Earth’s precious topsoil is likely to be at risk by 2050, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO...
More>>


Somalia: ‘We Cannot Wait For Famine To Be Declared; We Must Act Now’
Rising acute food insecurity in Somalia has caused more than 900,000 people to flee their homes in search of humanitarian assistance since January last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned... More>>

UN: American West Faces Water And Power Shortages Due To Climate Crisis
Two of the largest reservoirs in the United States are at dangerously low levels due to the climate crisis and overconsumption of water, which could affect water and electricity supply for millions in six western states and Mexico, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) warned on Tuesday... More>>



Singapore: UN Experts Call For Immediate Moratorium On Executions For Drug Offences

UN experts* today condemned the execution of Nazeri Bin Lajim, a 64-year-old Malay Singaporean national convicted of drug offenses and urged the Government of Singapore to halt plans to execute individuals on death row for drug related charges... More>>