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URGENT ALERT - AFRICA PROPOSES NO ACTION RESOLUTION ON ADOPTION OF THE DECLARATION

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  • Don Bain
    ... Subject: Fw: URGENT ALERT - AFRICA PROPOSES NO ACTION RESOLUTION ON ADOPTION OF THE DECLARATION Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2006 13:41:06 -0800 From: Ed John
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      Subject: Fw: URGENT ALERT - AFRICA PROPOSES NO ACTION RESOLUTION ON
      ADOPTION OF THE DECLARATION
      Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2006 13:41:06 -0800
      From: Ed John <EdJohn@...>



      Pls circulate

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Les Malezer <les.malezer@...>
      To: Caucus@... <Caucus@...>
      Sent: Thu Nov 09 13:29:26 2006
      Subject: URGENT ALERT - AFRICA PROPOSES NO ACTION RESOLUTION ON ADOPTION
      OF THE DECLARATION

      URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT

      4.30 pm, Thursday, 9 November 2006


      AFRICA PROPOSES NO ACTION ON ADOPTION OF THE DECLARATION

      Today the African countries decided to adopt a procedural resolution to
      take no action on the resolution in the Third Committee.

      The resolution may be put to the Third Committee when Agenda Item 68 is
      resumed.

      The African group have given no reason for this action, but it is known
      that Botswana, Namibia and Nigeria are opposed to the Declaration and
      want to make changes to the text.

      There have been suggestions that Algeria and The Gambia also oppose the
      Declaration.

      While the 'no action' position does not clarify whether the text of the
      Declaration is to be changed, it does not make sense for any other
      reason. It is possible that the General Assembly will consider the
      appointment of a working group of States to re-write the Declaration,
      without Indigenous Peoples' involvement. No-one is saying this, but it
      is hard to get honest and open responses in such a political environment.

      The 'no action' resolution, because it is a procedural resolution will
      be heard sometime before the scheduled consideration of the resolution
      to adopt the Declaration and, if successful, will prevent the
      consideration of the adoption of the Declaration.

      If it is a 'no action' resolution all African countries, in accordance
      with unity, will vote for the 'no action' resolution.

      It is not known what other countries will support the African position
      but most delegations believe this resolution will be backed by Canada,
      Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and USA, the countries that tried to
      railroad the Declaration in the Human Rights Council.

      Of course, the known supporters continue to believe that the resolution
      on the Declaration should proceed as planned. The Declaration continues
      to be supported by the Latin American and Caribbean group, European
      Union (and most Eastern European). The position of Asian States is
      unknown, but we are checking again.

      I will advise further on this situation tomorrow. This information can
      be treated as public information. You might consider the most
      appropriate ways to express support for the adoption of the Declaration
      to the States.

      Les

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