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7 July, 2005
SUBJECT: WMD PROLIFERATORS' E.O.

This record is a partial extract of the original cable.

The full text of the original cable is not available.

Classified By: POLITICAL ECONOMIC COUNSELOR KATHERINE HADDA, FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) and (D)

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1. (C) Pol/Econ Couns shared reftel information with Deborah

Panckhurst, Deputy Director of the Disarmament Division at

the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, stressing our

desire that New Zealand adopt a similar policy. Panckhurst

promised to review the E.O. closely and said that she would

take our request on board.

2. (C) Panckhurst noted, however, that as New Zealand

approaches general elections (expected to be called for

mid-September) government bureaucrats are resisting putting

forward any new initiatives for Ministers' consideration.

This is standard practice in New Zealand, and is designed

to prevent a Government close to the end of its term from

putting forward new legislation or policies that an incoming

Government might not favor.

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