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09BRASILIA577
2009-05-08 16:58:00
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Embassy Brasilia
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BRAZIL: OPEN MINEDED ON AUSTRALIAN PROPOSAL ON IMO SHIP

Tags:  ECON EIDN ETRD EWWT IMO KTIA PREL SENV BR 
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UNCLAS BRASILIA 000577 

SENSITIVE

SIPDIS

GENEVA FOR USTR
DEPT FOR OES/OMA, IO/T

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON EIDN ETRD EWWT IMO KTIA PREL SENV BR
SUBJECT: BRAZIL: OPEN MINEDED ON AUSTRALIAN PROPOSAL ON IMO SHIP
RECYCLING CONVENTION; CONCERNED ABOUT REDUCING SUPPORT

REF: STATE 41904 (NOTAL)

(U) THIS CABLE IS SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED AND NOT FOR INTERNET
DISTRIBUTION.

UNCLAS BRASILIA 000577

SENSITIVE

SIPDIS

GENEVA FOR USTR
DEPT FOR OES/OMA, IO/T

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON EIDN ETRD EWWT IMO KTIA PREL SENV BR
SUBJECT: BRAZIL: OPEN MINEDED ON AUSTRALIAN PROPOSAL ON IMO SHIP
RECYCLING CONVENTION; CONCERNED ABOUT REDUCING SUPPORT

REF: STATE 41904 (NOTAL)

(U) THIS CABLE IS SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED AND NOT FOR INTERNET
DISTRIBUTION.


1. (SBU) On May 8, Post's Environment, Science and Technology, and
Health (ESTH) Counselor together with Australian Deputy Chief of
Mission Tim Millikan delivered the joint demarche (per REFTEL)
concerning the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ship
Recycling Convention to the Brazilian Ministry of Exterior Relations
(MRE) Director of the Division on Oceans, Space and Antarctica
(DMAE),Counselor Fabio Pitaluga and his advisor Andre Tenorio
Mourao. Key points and a copy of the Australian proposal were
provided to Pitaluga.


2. (SBU) Pitaluga understood the points. ESTH Counselor had
briefed him over the phone on them earlier in the week. He stated
that he would share the information provided with the Brazilian
delegation. The Brazilian Permanent Representative in London to the
IMO will head the Brazilian delegation to the meeting in Hong Kong
and he will be joined by his deputy. Pitaluga's DMAE Division has
overall responsibility for the IMO, but the Brazilian Navy would be
representing Brazil at this meeting and MRE would not be sending
anyone. Pitaluga said he had discussed the matter earlier with the
Navy drawing on the information Post had given him. He had also
been in contact with the MRE's division responsible for the World
Trade Organization (WTO) to discuss the WTO consistency points in
REFTEL.


3. (SBU) Pitaluga noted that the Brazilian Navy had concern about
allowing non-members to participate because this could reduce the
incentive for countries to join the new convention and might delay
or prevent it entering into force. As highlighted in REFTEL, ESTH
Counselor and the Australian DCM pointed out that this equivalency
provision was successfully used in other international environmental
agreements. According to Pitaluga, the Brazilian Navy is
open-minded on the question and would welcome an opportunity to
discuss with the U.S. and Australian delegations in Hong Kong.


4. (SBU) Finally, Pitaluga and Tenorio Mourao commented that Brazil
has little at stake with this convention. They said Brazil does not
currently have a ship recycling industry and in this case is looking
to preserve the possibility for an industry in the future. Of
course, Brazil is interested in protecting the environment in
general and is pleased to see this convention moving forward.

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