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06PARIS1732
2006-03-17 16:30:00
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Embassy Paris
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FRANCE ON EXPANDING UN PARTICIPATION OF DEPENDENT

Tags:   PREL  FR  PGOV  ECON  XL  UNO  ECLAC 
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						UNCLAS PARIS 001732 

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

MONTEVIDEO FOR U.S. DELEGATION TO ECLAC

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL FR PGOV ECON XL UNO ECLAC
SUBJECT: FRANCE ON EXPANDING UN PARTICIPATION OF DEPENDENT
TERRITORIES

REF: STATE 41363

Sensitive but Unclassified -- Please Treat Accordingly.



1. Deputy Polcouns discussed reftel points on rights of
dependent territories March 16 and again March 17 with MFA IO
Political Affairs DAS-equivalent Jean-Hughes Simon-Michel,
whose office is also responsible for decolonization issues
but does not deal directly with the UN Economic Commission
for Latin America and the Caribbean. We spoke separately
March 17 with IO Latin American desk officer Bernard Guidee
to follow up further.



2. Both Simon-Michel and Guidee stated that France fully
shared the U.S. view that it is not appropriate for other
countries to decide on the nature of the participation of
non-autonomous territories. France would have objections
similar to those of the U.S. if other countries were to make
similar proposals affecting one of its overseas territories.



3. Both Simon-Michel and Guidee clarified that France would
support the U.S. position on this issue despite the fact, in
this specific case, that the French territories located in
Latin American and the Caribbean are all overseas
"departments" rather than "territories," and thus not be
subject to the draft resolutions in question. French
departments, even overseas, are considered to be simple
extensions of the French mainland, where French law applies
fully, as in the case of Hawaii for the U.S. (Note: Under
the French "DOM-TOM" designation, Guadeloupe, Martinique,
French Guyana, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, and Reunion are
all overseas departments, whereas New Caledonia and French
Polynesia are territories.)



4. Neither Simon-Michel nor Guidee were personally familiar
with the specific UN Economic Commission discussed reftel,
but undertook to find out more about their delegations
instructions for the March 20-24 meeting. After further
consultations within the MFA, however, Guidee subsequently
reconfirmed the French position as stated above and informed
us that Paris would instruct the French delegation to the
March 20-24 ECLAC session to join the U.S. in opposing the
resolution.

MINIMIZE CONSIDERED

Please visit Paris' Classified Website at:
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Stapleton