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05NEWDELHI7752
2005-10-05 10:10:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy New Delhi
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GOI ON ICJ ELECTIONS DEMARCHE, ITALIAN COESPU

Tags:   PREL  KPKO  KUNR  IN  IT  UNSC  UNGA  GOI 
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 NEW DELHI 007752 

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR PM/PPA RFEATHERSTONE

E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/04/2015
TAGS: PREL KPKO KUNR IN IT UNSC UNGA GOI
SUBJECT: GOI ON ICJ ELECTIONS DEMARCHE, ITALIAN COESPU
TRAINING, UN REFORM

REF: A. STATE 179062

B. STATE 183291

Classified By: PolCouns Geoff Pyatt for Reasons 1.4 (B, D)



1. (SBU) Summary: PolCouns and Poloff delivered Ref A
demarche on ICJ elections, discussed Ref B plans for funding
travel of Indian students to Italy's Center of Excellence for
Stability Police Units, and reviewed the way forward for
cooperation on UN reform in an October 5 conversation with
MEA Joint Secretary (UN Political) Sanjiv Arora, who had
recently returned from the UNGA meetings in New York. With
decision-makers back in New Delhi, now would be a good time
to again engage with the GOI on working together on UN reform
areas of mutual interest. End Summary.

ICJ Elections


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2. (SBU) Noting the strong USG interest in Judge
Buergenthal's reelection, Arora stated that India would look
into his candidacy, but made no commitment on support. He
undertook to notify us of any GOI decision.

COESPU Funding


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3. (SBU) Arora expressed appreciation that the US and Italy
had agreed to fund travel of Indian students for COESPU, and
stated that the GOI would forward the list of participants to
the Italian Embassy after receiving a note verbale from the
Italians confirming the funding. (Note: The Italian Embassy
told us that they expect to send the note verbale on October
5 or 6. End Note) Arora agreed that the US, India and Italy
should continue to explore ways to integrate India's
peacekeeping training resources into a joint approach to
enhance global peace support operations capabilities.

UN Reform Efforts Continue


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4. (SBU) The Outcome Document at the UNGA Summit was a
"mixed bag" in India's view. Arora observed that while
achieving a consensus was admirable, developing country
concerns were not adequately represented in the Document. He
agreed that it would be useful for the US and India to
continue to consult on areas of UN reform to identify how to
move common interests forward. Arora highlighted cooperation
under the auspices of the UN Democracy Fund as a key area of
US-India collaboration that should be encouraged.

Comment: Need to Re-engage on UN Reform


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5. (C) The sometimes contradictory Indian messages on UN
reform are in part a result of the division of responsibility
among New Delhi bureaucrats, New York-based diplomats, and
traveling high-level MEA officials during the hectic month of
September. The prickliness of some Indian diplomats in New
York also reflects disappointment at US opposition to India's
highest-priority goal (a permanent UNSC seat). Since the
decision-makers have returned to New Delhi, now would be a
good time to again meet at a high level to determine exactly
where US and Indian objectives intersect, and how we can best
move those goals forward.



6. (U) Visit New Delhi's Classified Website:
(http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/sa/newdelhi/)
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