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Cablegate: Moroccan Candidacy for Commission On Science and Technology

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SUBJECT: MOROCCAN CANDIDACY FOR COMMISSION ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
FOR DEVELOPMENT

1. (U) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MFA)
conveyed to Post on December 8 a diplomatic note requesting USG
support for Morocco's candidacy to the UN Commission on Science and
Technology for Development, a subsidiary body of the Economic and
Social Council. The MFA noted that Morocco has held membership only
once on the Commission, from 2002 - 2006.

2. (SBU) The Embassy's English translation of the text of the
diplomatic note follows.

BEGIN TEXT OF NOTE:

Kingdom of Morocco
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Directorate of United Nations and International Organizations
Division of International Organizations
Service of Candidacies and Contributions

No. KA 3442/DG/8.1.3 December 7,
2009

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation presents its
compliments to the Embassy of the United States of America in Rabat
and has the honor to inform the Embassy that the Kingdom of Morocco
has decided to present its candidature for the post of Member of the
United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development
(CSTD), a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council
(ECOSOC), for the period 2010-2014, at the elections which will be
held in New York in May 2010, during the organizational session of
ECOSOC.

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The Kingdom of Morocco has held a seat only once in this Commission,
which was created in 1992, during the period 2002-2006. During this
period, in addition to its active participation in this Commission,
Morocco was a board member of the 8th Session and organized, in
November 2005 in Rabat, the 9th Recess Panel on "Reducing the
Technological Gap between and within Nations."

In view of the excellent relations of friendship and cooperation
between our two countries, the Moroccan Government kindly requests
the support of the Government of the United States of America for
this candidacy.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of
Morocco takes this opportunity to renew to the Embassy of the United
States of America in Rabat the assurances of its highest
consideration.

END TEXT OF NOTE

KAPLAN

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