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05MUSCAT322
2005-02-26 13:06:00
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Embassy Muscat
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OMAN SEEKS SUPPORT FOR JUDGE CANDIDATE TO LAW OF

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						UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 MUSCAT 000322 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR OES/OA, L/OES, IO/T, EB/TRA, INR/B, NEA/ARPI

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHSA TPHY PREL PINR MU
SUBJECT: OMAN SEEKS SUPPORT FOR JUDGE CANDIDATE TO LAW OF
SEA TRIBUNAL




1. This is an action request for OES/OA - please see para 3.



2. The Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a circular to
resident diplomatic missions on February 16 requesting
support for its candidate to the International Tribunal for
the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The salient portions of the
Omani note, and attached biographic background of Oman's
candidate, are below.

(Begin text)

The Ministry has the honor to bring to the knowledge (of
diplomatic missions accredited in Muscat) that the Government
of the Sultanate of Oman has decided to nominate Counselor
Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Salim al-Sameen for the position of
Judge at the International Tribunal For Law of the Sea
(ITLOS), at the elections scheduled in New York, June 16-24,


2005.

Therefore, the Government of the Sultanate of Oman greatly
appreciates your Government's attaching appropriate
importance to the Omani nomination to the position of Judge
at the International Tribunal For Law of the Sea, and to
offer necessary support. Enclosed herewith please find the
Omani candidate's biodata written in Arabic, English
languages.

COUNSELOR/MOHAMMED BIN ABDULLAH BIN SALEM AL-SAMEEN

PERSONAL INFORMATION:
Marital Status: Married (with 4 children)
Date of Birth: 1 January 1962
Nationality: Omani

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:
Certificate from Hague Academy: 2004
Summer session in Public International Law-International Law
Fellowship: 2004
Master of Law (LL.M) in Comparative Legal Studies: 2001
Pace School of Law, Pace University (New York)
American Language Program, Columbia University (New York):
2001
English Language Program, England 1989
Computer Courses, Muscat: 1988
Bachelor's Degree in Legislative Law (LL.B), Faculty of the
Institute of Law, Alexandria University, Egypt: 1986

LANGUAGES:
Arabic (mother tongue), English (fluent)

CAREER DEVELOPMENT:
Counselor, Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman-The Hague, The
Netherlands: August 2004-Present
Promoted to Counselor (Scale 1, Grade 4): 2004
Promoted to First Secretary (Scale 5, Grade 1): 1999
Promoted to First Secretary (Scale 6, Grade 1): 1995
Charge d' Affaires, Permanent Mission of the Sultanate of
Oman to the United Nations, New York: 1991
Promoted to First Secretary (Scale 1, Grade 2): 1990
Posted to Permanent Mission of the Sultanate of Oman to the
United Nations, New York 1988
Appointed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Second
Secretary, European Department: 1987

SIPDIS

PRACTICAL EXPERIENCES:
Work experience of 16 years in the United Nations, UN
Committees, International Groups and other Specialized
Organizations.

SECURITY COUNCIL:
Alternate Representative of the Omani Delegation during its
2-years non-permanent membership: 1994-1995
Sanction Committee on Iraq (in accordance with UNSCR
687-1991): 1994-1995
Peace-Keeping Operations: 1994-1995

GENERAL ASSEMBLY:
Participated in General Assembly Regular Sessions from the
43rd until the 58th Session.
Open-ended Working Group on the Question of Equitable
Representation & Increase in the Membership of the Security
Council: 1997-Present
Special Session on Agenda 21: 1997
Fourth Committee: Special Political and Decolonization
Affairs: 1994
Informal Open-ended Working Group on an Agenda for Peace: 1994
Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on
the Role of the Organization: 1993-1998
Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations: 1993
Third Committee: Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs:
1989
Sixth Committee: Legal Affairs, attended all ordinary
sessions as from 43rd to 58th session: 1988-2001
Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the
Palestinian Peoples: 1988-1990
Committee on the Relations with the Host Country: 1988

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL:
Commission on Crime and Prevention and Criminal Justice:
1997-2000
Commission on Narcotic Drugs 1997-2000
Commission on the Status of Women: 1997-2000

OTHER SUBSIDIARY BODIES OR RELATED TO THE UN:
Commission on Sustainable Development (High-Level Segment,
12th Session): 2004
UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR): 1994
UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD): 1992
UN Children's Fund (UNICEF): 1991-1993
Committee on the Rights of the Child: 1990-1993
UN Development Program: 1990-1991

INTERNATIONAL SEABED AUTHORITY AND INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL FOR
LAW OF THE SEA: 1988-1994 and 2002-2004
Head of Delegation to the 10th Session of the Law of the Sea
(Kingston, Jamaica): 2004
Head of Delegation to the Conference on the Legal and
Scientific Aspects of Continental Shelf Limits (Reykjavik,
Iceland): 2003
Workshop on Legal and Scientific Aspects in the Law of the
Sea (Kingston, Jamaica): 2003
Head of Delegation to the Sessions of the Assembly of the
International Seabed Authority: 2002-2004

Participated in the negotiations on establishment of the
following courts:
Preparatory Committee on the International Criminal Court:
1997
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: 1994-1995
International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia:
1994-1995

GEOGRAPHICAL AND REGIONAL GROUPS:
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW):
2004-Present
Asian Group: 1988-2004
Arab Group: 1988-2004
Group of 77: 1988-2004
Organization of Islamic Conference: 1988-2004

Non-Aligned Movement: 1988-2004
Representative to the XII Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement
(Durban, South Africa): 1998
Head of Delegation, Ministerial Meeting of the Coordinating
Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement (Cartagena, Colombia) 1998

(End of text.)



3. Action Request: The Embassy would appreciate guidance on
the USG response when it becomes available.
BALTIMORE