Viewing cable 05OTTAWA3656
Title: CANADA: RESETTLEMENT OF CERTAIN REFUGEES

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05OTTAWA36562005-12-13 22:20:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Ottawa
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S E C R E T OTTAWA 003656 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/13/2015 
TAGS: MOPS PREL PTER KAWC PHUM PREF PINR CA
SUBJECT: CANADA: RESETTLEMENT OF CERTAIN REFUGEES 
(CONTINUED) 
 
REF: (A) OTTAWA 003638 (NOTAL) (B) STATE 215194 (NOTAL) 
 
Classified By: POLITICAL M/C BRIAN FLORA.  REASON 1.4 (B) AND (D). 
 
¶1. (U) This is an action message.  See para 5. 
 
¶2. (S) On December 13, Political Minister Counselor and 
polmiloff raised the matter of Uighur resettlement with Tony 
Burger, Assistant Secretary of the Global Affairs Secretariat 
at the Privy Council Office (Burger reports to Jonathan 
Fried, Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister). Also 
present were a member of Burger's staff and PCO Assistant 
Secretary for Social Development Joan Atkinson, whose 
 
SIPDIS 
responsibilities include refugees. DCM subsequently discussed 
Uighurs with Jonathan Fried on the margins of another event. 
 
¶3. (S) As none of our interlocutors was aware of USG's 
earlier approaches on Uighurs, including the October 
demarche, they could not give us a definitive response.  We 
provided background and left prior demarche points.  Atkinson 
confirmed that the side MOU to Safe Third would be the 
appropriate vehicle for USG to request resettlement of 
Uighurs in Canada.  She and Burger requested the following 
additional information: 
 
-- In light of their alleged past terrorist activities, do 
any of the Uighurs meet conditions for protection under the 
Geneva Convention? (This would be important for justification 
to the public) 
-- Canada would like information on any "serious" negative 
responses from the countries USG has approached, i.e. 
refusals based on a substantive concern. 
-- Do any of the 15 have connections to (proscribed) 
organizations in China? 
 
¶4. (S) In his discussion with DCM, Fried did not say "no," 
but he did convey that taking in the Uighurs would be very 
difficult for the government in the current campaign climate. 
The impact on Canada's relationship with China was a strong 
consideration, he said.  Another concern was that these 
individuals were "terrorists," albeit not directed against 
the U.S. and its allies. (NOTE: Atkinson had noted that 
unlike U.S. law, Canadian law does not "differentiate" among 
terrorists based on putative target. END NOTE). 
 
¶5. (S) ACTION REQUEST:  DCM's discussion ended with a request 
from Fried that security assurances regarding the Uighurs 
(i.e. information to support why Uighur detainees are not a 
threat to the U.S. and its allies) be conveyed to Canada via 
ROAL channels. Department's assistance in coordinating this 
request is appreciated. 
 
Visit Canada's Classified Web Site at 
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/wha/ottawa 
 
WILKINS