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06ISLAMABAD7771
2006-05-02 11:49:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Islamabad
Cable title:  

PSI: DEMARCHE DELIVERED

Tags:   MNUC  PARM  PGOV  PHSA  PREL  KNNP  PK 
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L ISLAMABAD 007771 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/01/2016
TAGS: MNUC PARM PGOV PHSA PREL KNNP PK
SUBJECT: PSI: DEMARCHE DELIVERED

REF: STATE 050811

Classified By: Derived from DSCG 05-01, b.



1. (U) See action request at para 5.



2. (C) Polcouns delivered reftel demarche in a meeting with
MFA Director General for Disarmament Qazi Khalilullah and
Director for Disarmament Kamran Aktar, urging that Pakistan
endorse PSI Interdiction Principles as a precursor to
participation in the June Senior Level Political meeting on
PSI hosted by Poland. Khalilullah underscored that Pakistan
shared the nonproliferation objectives but had questions
about the Statement of Interdiction Principles, particularly
as they related to interdiction on the high seas. The
principles were "a bit vague" he said, and "did not appear
consistent with the law of the sea." He hoped for engagement
with the U.S.



3. (C) With respect to the June meeting in Poland,
Khalilullah asked whether Pakistan could be invited as an
observer. Pakistanis had participated as observers in PSI
exercises, including exercises in Singapore in August 2005
and Darwin, Australia in April 2006. Polcouns explained that
endorsement of the interdiction principles was a precondition
of participation in the June meeting, noting that Pakistan's
request to participate as an observer in the 2004 meeting in
Krakow had been denied. Polcouns observed that a request to
participate as an observer would be interpreted in Washington
as a refusal to endorse the Interdiction Principles.
Khalilullah undertook to reexamine Pakistan's stance.



4. (C) In a follow-up meeting on April 28 with Polcouns,
Additional Secretary Tariq Osman Hyder confirmed that
Pakistan was not yet prepared to endorse the PSI statement of
interdiction principles, but hoped for an opportunity to
participate as an observer in the June meeting. He noted
that Pakistan was "in line with PSI" goals, and was prepared
to act within Pakistan's own "maritime area." With respect
to interdiction on the high seas, Pakistan was prepared to
engage and discuss the issue.



5. (C) Embassy requests Department guidance on whether
Pakistan could participate as an observer in the June
meeting. Embassy also stands ready to pass to the Pakistanis
any guidance Department might provide that would clarify PSI
obligations relating to interdiction on the high seas and the
consonance of these obligations with the law of the sea.
























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