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Cablegate: Cambodia Response to Cites Cop-15 Demarche

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SUBJECT: CAMBODIA RESPONSE TO CITES COP-15 DEMARCHE

REF: STATE 6668

1. ESTHOff delivered Reftel materials to Suon Phalla, Deputy
Director of the Cambodian CITES Management Authority, who
distributed the U.S. proposals to relevant officials in the
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) and
Ministry of Environment (MOE) for comment. Suon said that
the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) would support the U.S.
proposals on polar bears and bobcats. He noted that he
thought the RGC would also possibly support the shark and
coral proposals, but that he needed official guidance from
the Fisheries Administration.

2. Suon said that the RGC would support the U.S. proposal to
hold a workshop on the status of the snake trade. He had met
with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service representatives at the
last CITES Conference of the Parties (COP) and had discussed
the proposal briefly. He said he had raised a request to
hold multiple workshops around the region, rather than just
one workshop, and he recommended that any workshop on the
Asian snake trade should include discussion on water snakes,
which are exported from Cambodia to China in great numbers
with little monitoring. Suon said that at COP-16 or -17 the
RGC would likely propose adding the water snake to CITES
Appendix III.

3. Suon was not yet sure if a Cambodian delegation would
attend the COP-15 meeting in Qatar, saying that participation
would depend on funding from the CITES Secretariat in Geneva.
If funding becomes available, the Cambodian delegation will
be comprised of:

-- Suon Phalla
Deputy Director, CITES Management Authority, MAFF
Email: citescambodia@gmail.com
sphalla@gmail.com
Cell: 855-12-651-939

-- Uk Sokhonn
Secretary of State, MAFF


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