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Cablegate: Niger: Same Sex Demarche Delivered

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DE RUEHNM #0057 0212057
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 212057Z JAN 10
FM AMEMBASSY NIAMEY
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 5584

UNCLAS NIAMEY 000057

FOR AF, M, AND AF/W

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: APER AMGT PREL PGOV PHUM SOCI US NG
SUBJECT: Niger: Same Sex Demarche Delivered

Ref: State 00788

1. (U) Ambassador Allen delivered reftel demarche to Government of
Niger (GON) Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Mindaoudou
on January 13 during her departure call.

2. (SBU) The FM informed the Ambassador that the GON would have no
difficulty accrediting same-sex partners of U.S. Government
personnel, but stated that there likely would be problems socially.
She added that Nigerien society is very conservative and not easily
accepting of different lifestyles, remaining close to long-held
traditions.

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