06MOSCOW9955, RUSSIA SUPPORTS RENEWAL OF APEC COUNTER TERRORISM

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06MOSCOW9955 2006-09-08 11:16 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO4947
PP RUEHCHI RUEHFK RUEHHM RUEHKSO RUEHPB
DE RUEHMO #9955 2511116
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 081116Z SEP 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1907
INFO RUEHZU/ASIAN PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 009955 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/08/2016 
TAGS: PREL ECON PTER APECO RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIA SUPPORTS RENEWAL OF APEC COUNTER TERRORISM 
TASK FORCE MANDATE 
 
REF: STATE 139460 
 
Classified By: Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs Alice G. Wells. 
 Reasons: 1.4(B/D). 
 
1.  (C)  We delivered reftel demarche September 7 to MFA 
Asian Cooperation Department Deputy Director Valeriy Sorokin 
and MFA New Challenges and Threats Deputy Director Nikolay 
Kudashev.  Sorokin and Kudashev endorsed extension of the 
Counter Terrorism Task Force (CTTF) mandate, underlining the 
importance Russia attaches to the group's work.  Sorokin said 
Russia would support the adoption of a new CTTF action plan 
that was not time-limited. 
 
2.  (C)  Kudashev was particularly enthusiastic about the 
CTTF, stressing that the APEC format provided unique 
opportunities for government officials involved in 
counterterrorism issues to work closely with private 
businesses and NGOs.  Noting that the CTTF's work had not yet 
been completed, he said that Russia was considering 
introducing an initiative in Da Nang on counterterrorism and 
energy security, highlighting a main theme of Russia's G-8 
Presidency. 
 
3.  (C)  While Sorokin endorsed the mandate extension without 
conditions, he said Russia understood China's position 
opposing the discussion of political issues when Taiwan was 
present.  APEC operated by consensus, and when one state 
opposed a decision, that created a difficult procedural 
issue.  Sorokin encouraged the U.S. to work directly with 
China to address Beijing's concerns.  He noted that two Latin 
American candidates (one from Chile, the other from Peru) 
were being informally discussed as future chairs.  Russia 
could support either candidate. 
BURNS

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