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WikiLeaks: NZ will continue to support Amano for IAEA

WikiLeaks cable: NZ will continue to support Amano for IAEA

May 11, 2009 New Zealand will continue to support Amano for IAEA DG

date:2009-05-11T02:40:00 source:Embassy Wellington origin:09WELLINGTON113 destination:O 110240Z MAY 09 FM AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5860 INFO AMEMBASSY ACCRA PRIORITY AMEMBASSY ALGIERS PRIORITY AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD PRIORITY AMEMBASSY BEIJING PRIORITY AMEMBASSY BERLIN PRIORITY AMEMBASSY BERN PRIORITY AMEMBASSY BRASILIA PRIORITY AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST PRIORITY AMEMBASSY BUENOS AIRES PRIORITY AMEMBASSY CAIRO PRIORITY AMEMBASSY CANBERRA PRIORITY AMEMBASSY DUBLIN PRIORITY AMEMBASSY HELSINKI PRIORITY AMEMBASSY KABUL PRIORITY AMEMBASSY KUALA LUMPUR PRIORITY AMEMBASSY LJUBLJANA PRIORITY AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY AMEMBASSY MADRID PRIORITY AMEMBASSY MANILA PRIORITY AMEMBASSY MEXICO PRIORITY AMEMBASSY MONTEVIDEO PRIORITY AMEMBASSY MOSCOW PRIORITY AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY AMEMBASSY OTTAWA PRIORITY AMEMBASSY OUAGADOUGOU PRIORITY AMEMBASSY PARIS PRIORITY AMEMBASSY PRETORIA PRIORITY AMEMBASSY QUITO PRIORITY AMEMBASSY RIYADH PRIORITY AMEMBASSY TIRANA PRIORITY AMEMBASSY TOKYO PRIORITY AMEMBASSY VILNIUS PRIORITY USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA PRIORITY classification:CONFIDENTIAL reference:09STATE46302 ?C O N F I D E N T I A L WELLINGTON 000113

STATE FOR EAP/ANP AND OI/T MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/11/2019 TAGS: AORC, KNNP,... ?C O N F I D E N T I A L WELLINGTON 000113

STATE FOR EAP/ANP AND OI/T MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/11/2019 TAGS: AORC, KNNP, IAEA, PREL, NZ SUBJECT: NEW ZEALAND WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT AMANO FOR IAEA DG REF: STATE 46302

Classified By: Acting DCM Margaret B. McKean; Reason 1.4 (b) and (d)

1. (C) On May 8, Acting DCM met with Jillian Dempster, Deputy Director of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) International Security and Disarmament Division to discuss reftel points. Dempster said that New Zealand will support Japanese candidate Ambassador Yukiya Amano in the next round of voting for IAEA Director General, and FM McCully has so informed the Japanese government. Dempter noted that New Zealand will not lobby for Amano. Dempster said that New Zealand believes that a non-European candidate is needed as DG, given the contentious issues facing the IAEA with respect to Iran, Syria, and the NAM states. She was not certain if Amano would win in the next round of voting slated for June.

2. (C) If there is need for a third vote, Dempster allowed that New Zealand would consider other candidates, but her government is not looking at another person as a possible consensus candidate.

KEEGAN

ENDS

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