WikiLeaks cable: NZ will continue to support Amano for IAEA

Photo / Mark Mitchell
Photo / Mark Mitchell

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

date:2009-05-11T02:40:00
source:Embassy Wellington
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destination:O 110240Z MAY 09 FM AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON TO SECSTATE
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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.

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