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06BRIDGETOWN1471
2006-08-22 17:49:00
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LETTER FROM FONMIN MILLER TO SECSTATE ON BARBADOS ECOSOC

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E.O. 12958 N/A
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SUBJECT: LETTER FROM FONMIN MILLER TO SECSTATE ON BARBADOS ECOSOC
CNADIDACY

REF: A) BRIDGETOWN 01276

B) DIPLOMATIC NOTE NO. IR/2006/182
C) LETTER TO SECRETARY RICE FROM MINISTER MILLER DATED
8/14/06



1. Embassy Bridgetown received the following diplomatic note and
letter to Secretary Rice from Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dame
Billie A. Miller, Government of Barbados. The letter has been
forwarded to WHA/CAR via diplomatic pouch registration number
8970080 on August 22, 2006.



2. Begin text of diplomatic note:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados
presents its compliments to the Embassy of the United States of
America and has the honour to request that the enclosed letter from
the Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign
Trade the Hon. Dame Billie A. Miller be transmitted to the Hon. Dr.
Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados avails
itself of the opportunity to renew to the Embassy of the United
States of America the assurances of its highest consideration.

August 18, 2006.

End text of diplomatic note.



3. Begin text of enclosed letter:

August 14, 2006

Her Excellency
The Hon. Dr. Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State

SIPDIS
Department of State
2001 C St N.W.
Washington D.C. 20520
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Excellency,

I have the honour to inform you that the Government of Barbados has
presented its candidature for membership of the United Nations
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the period 2007-2009 at
elections to be held in September/October of this year during the
61st
session of the UN General Assembly. The candidature of Barbados has
received the unanimous endorsement of the member states of the
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) as the only CARICOM candidate in this
election.

You would wish to be aware that within the Latin American and
Caribbean regional group, Barbados is the only small island
developing state which will be seeking election to ECOSOC for the
2007-2009 term of office.

In recognition of the long-standing and friendly ties which exist
between the United States of America and Barbados, I am writing to
request your Government's invaluable support of our candidature.

Barbados has only had one previous opportunity to serve on the
Council, which was during the period 1979-1981. Despite this, we
have always been closely engaged in the work of the ECOSOC and its
subsidiary bodies and have played a key role in ensuring that the
development agenda of the UN coincides with the interests and
expectations of the developing world. Furthermore, as a small
state, we have always sought to ensure that small states and other
vulnerable groups of countries receive the international attention
and support they require and deserve.

Barbados strongly believes that the ECOSOC should play a more
meaningful and decisive role in global economic and social affairs,
as envisaged by the UN Charter. We therefore attach paramount
importance to the work of the ECOSOC, its subsidiary bodies, and the
UN Funds and Programmes in the promotion of economic and social
progress, sustainable development, good governance and the rule of
law, the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms and
environmental sustainability.

Barbados supports ongoing efforts to further strengthen the ECOSOC
both by enhancing its existing mandates and by entrusting it with
important new functions. We are convinced that these efforts should
result in an ECOSOC which serves as a quality platform for
engagement on global policies and trends in the economic, social,
environmental and humanitarian field.

I look forward to your valuable support for Barbados' candidature
and I extend to you, in advance, my sincerest gratitude.


Accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

/s/
Billie A. Miller

End text of enclosed letter.

KRAMER