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06GEORGETOWN651
2006-07-06 14:41:00
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Embassy Georgetown
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NO CARICOM CONSENSUS YET ON UNSC SEAT

Tags:   PREL  PBTS  UNSC  CARICOM  GY  XL 
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TAGS: PREL PBTS UNSC CARICOM GY XL
SUBJECT: NO CARICOM CONSENSUS YET ON UNSC SEAT

REF: (A)GEORGETOWN 607, (B)GEORGETOWN 519, (C)GEORGETOWN

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1. (U) Under the headline "Venezuela or Guatemala for UN
seat? Caricom still undecided", the independent Stabroek
News reported July 6 that the CARICOM Heads of Government
have refrained from reaching consensus on a regional
block vote for the UNSC seat. Guyana FonMin Insanally's
comments indicate that CARICOM member states might be
free to pursue their own course on the UNSC vote --
allowing Guyana and others to withhold support for
Venezuela's bid.



2. (SBU) COMMENT. This is a positive development insofar
as any consensus reached by CARICOM would likely favor
Venezuela. It also breaks from conventional CARICOM
practice, which emphasizes consensus whenever possible.
Apparently the lure of PetroCaribe has not completely
swept away real concerns over Venezuela's aggressive
boundary claims in the region. END COMMENT.



3. (U) Newspaper article follows. BEGIN TEXT:

Caricom has no definitive position on whether to support
Venezuela or Guatemala for the non-permanent seat on the
United Nations Security Council and Guyana "has to think
well given its own situation" with its western neighbour,
Minister of Foreign Affairs Rudy Insanally says.

In a brief telephone interview from St Kitts last
evening, Insanally, who is representing President Bharrat
Jagdeo at the 27th Regular Conference of the Caricom
Heads of Government told Stabroek News that the issue of
support for the candidacy was discussed on the island of
Nevis where the Heads of Government met in caucus
yesterday to discuss a number of issues.

In addition, Insanally said that he would have to consult
further with Jagdeo on the issue of the candidacy before
Guyana could make a decision. He expects that the issue
would be discussed further today.

It is expected that Guyana's support or lack of support
for Venezuela would hinge on Venezuela claim to the
Essequibo region while Belize, which has a border dispute
with Guatemala, would be weighing its options. The issue
of Venezuela's maritime boundary in Caribbean waters is
another factor that is reportedly causing some concerns.

END TEXT.

BULLEN