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Cablegate: Brunei Circling with Interest Usg Shark Proposal for Cites

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RR RUEHCHI RUEHDT RUEHHM RUEHNH
DE RUEHBD #0038 0560002
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 250002Z FEB 10
FM AMEMBASSY BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4797
INFO RUCNASE/ASEAN MEMBER COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN 000038

SENSITIVE

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EAP/MTS/COPPOLAMG, OES/ENRC/GAMBLEL
BANGKOK FOR ESTH/HOWARDH

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SENV KSCA CITES AORC UNEP BX
SUBJECT: BRUNEI CIRCLING WITH INTEREST USG SHARK PROPOSAL FOR CITES
COP 15

REF: STATE 125262


1. (SBU) Per Reftel, DCM delivered demarche to Ministry of Foreign
Affairs Director of International Organizations, Ms. Florence Chong.
Ms. Chong indicated that the Government of Brunei is interested in
attending COP 15 but has not yet determined which GoB officials will
attend. Ms. Chong stated that the GoB was especially interested in
the USG proposals on sharks. Ms. Chong specifically noted and
questioned the role of China in shark fin trade as well as which
countries have indicated support for the shark proposals. Post
would appreciate specific talking points or additional relevant
information.

TODD

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