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06BRIDGETOWN2145
2006-12-06 16:08:00
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Embassy Bridgetown
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BARBADOS AND EASTERN CARIBBEAN TO BOYCOTT ACP

Tags:   PREL  PGOV  PINR  SOCI  SU  XL 
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FM AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3853
INFO RUCNCOM/EC CARICOM COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
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DEPT FOR WHA/CAR AND AF/SPG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV PINR SOCI SU XL
SUBJECT: BARBADOS AND EASTERN CARIBBEAN TO BOYCOTT ACP
SUMMIT IN KHARTOUM

REF: STATE 194464



1. (U) Per reftel instructions, talking points discouraging
governments from attending the 7-8 December African Caribbean
Pacific Group of States (ACP) Summit in Khartoum were
delivered under cover of Diplomatic Notes (Antigua #1655,
Barbados #1656, Dominica #1657, St. Kitts #1658, St. Lucia
#1659, St. Vincent #1660) on December 5, 2006. The original
Diplomatic Notes were also mailed on this date.



2. (SBU) Post followed up with phone calls to Eastern
Caribbean MFAs and received the following responses:

-- Barbados MFA Permanent Secretary Theresa Marshall told
Charge Gilroy that Foreign Minister Dame Billie Miller will
not/not attend the ACP Summit. Marshall convinced Dame
Billie, the Caribbean regional representative for the ACP,
that her presence would be construed as support for President
Bashir's actions. Miller decided sending such a signal would
be unwise and would undercut AU and UN efforts to bring peace
to the Darfur region.

-- St. Lucia MFA PermSec Cosmos Richardson told PolOff that
the Government of St. Lucia decided a month ago not to attend
because of the human rights atrocities in Sudan. The Prime
Minister personally made this decision in consultation with
Richardson.

-- St. Kitts and Nevis MFA PermSec Theresa Nisbett confirmed
to PolCouns her government's disapproval of Sudanese human
rights abuses and belief the Caribbean should boycott the ACP
session.
GILROY