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2002-06-21 16:43:00
Embassy Abuja
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UNCLAS ABUJA 001865 SIPDIS DEPT FOR S/S AND G/TIP -- AMB. NANCY ELY-RAPHEL E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: KCRM KWMN OTRA NI SUBJECT: MFA LETTER TO THE SECRETARY ON TIP CONFERENCE REF: ABUJA 1465 Embassy on June 20 received a letter from Foreign Minister Lamido to Secretary Powell, dated June 6, 2002, inviting the Secretary to participate in the August 1-3, 2002 Trafficking SIPDIS in Persons conference to be hosted by President Obasanjo in Abuja. This TIP conference was reported in reftel. The original and attached leaflet will be pouched to G/TIP, Attn: Ambassador Nancy Ely-Raphel. The text of the letter follows. Begin Text Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nigeria June 6, 2002 General Colin Powell Secretary of State SIPDIS State Department U.S.A. Invitation to Attend an International Summit on Human Trafficking, Child Abuse, Labour and Slavery holding from 01-03 August 2002, Abuja, Nigeria I wish to recall the various global efforts made towards the eradication of human trafficking, culminating in the adoption of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children. The increasing incidence of human trafficking, child labour, child abuse, slavery and, generally, organized crimes, require collaborative network involving governments at the national and international levels, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and the civil society. This has far reaching negative repercussions on the economic, political, socio-cultural and moral well being of our nations, particularly, the developing countries. ¶2. In order to sensitise the international community on the evils of this inhuman trade, the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, under the leadership of President Olusegun Obasanjo, is organising a three-day international Summit on the subject, to dispassionately look into the phenomenon of human trafficking, child labour, abuse and slavery. This would afford the Participants to critically evaluate the problems associated with the phenomenon with a view to engendering adequate global strategies to eliminate the trade. This is reflected in the theme of the Summit: "Combating Human Trafficking, Child Labour and Slavery through International Cooperation and Legislation." The Summit is scheduled to take place from 01-03 August 2002, at the International Conference Center, Abuja, Nigeria. ¶3. The Summit has, among others, the following objectives: (i) Identify and examine the magnitude, nature, patterns and manifestations of human trafficking, child labour, child abuse and slavery; (ii) Examine the adverse implications of human trafficking and child abuse on sustainable human development; (iii) Exchange ideas and experience with Participants from other countries and International Organisations, with a view to developing national and regional frameworks for international cooperation in combating the crime; (iv) Develop strategies for the effective and efficient prevention, control and punishment of the offenders. ¶4. On behalf of the President and People of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I have the honour to invite you to attend and participate at the Summit. Four representatives, made up of the Head of State/Government, a Minister, and two Experts are expected to attend the Summit from your country. The Nigerian Government would extend hospitality to the Head of State/Government and the Minister only. ¶5. The attached leaflet will provide an insight and relevant background information on the Summit. ¶6. Please accept the assurances of my highest esteem. (signed) Sule Lamido Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Summit Organising Committee End Text. ANDREWS