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Title: AUSTRALIA-UAE FTA: NATURAL RESOURCES A CONCERN

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06ABUDHABI12272006-03-29 10:32:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Abu Dhabi
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PP RUEHDE
DE RUEHAD #1227 0881032
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 291032Z MAR 06
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4244
INFO RUEHZM/GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COLLECTIVE
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 0129
C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 001227 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR NEA/ARPI, EB/TPP/BTA 
STATE PASS USTR FOR AUSTR DONNELLY AND BELL 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/29/2016 
TAGS: ETRD ECON AS AE
SUBJECT: AUSTRALIA-UAE FTA: NATURAL RESOURCES A CONCERN 
 
 
Classified By: Martin Quinn, Deputy Chief of Mission for reasons 1.4 (b 
 & d). 
 
 
¶1. (C) On March 29, Australia's lead Australia-UAE negotiator 
Stephen Deady (First A/S Trade Development Division, 
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) gave EconChief a 
quick update on the results of the March 27-29 negotiating 
round.  He described the week as "reasonable," but with no 
breakthroughs.  According to Deady, the UAE's services offer 
represents an improvement on its initial offer, but the UAE 
still needs to offer more. 
 
¶2. (C) Deady said that the big issue was natural resources, 
with the UAE stating that the FTA could not include natural 
resources and the Australians arguing that a comprehensive 
FTA could not exclude an entire sector.  He added, however, 
that Australia had said it was prepared to be flexible on the 
issue of natural resources if the UAE could define the scope 
in a sufficiently narrow fashion.  The UAE negotiators had 
told him that they would not be able to respond during the 
round.  Deady noted that the broader question of whether the 
GCC will permit the UAE to complete another bilateral FTA 
negotiation (i.e., with Australia) is still open.  Deady told 
EconChief that he thought this would be the last full scale 
formal round, with the remaining work conducted by smaller 
teams of specialist negotiators (i.e., on investment).  He 
had not proposed dates for any follow-on meetings.  Deady 
said that the Australians would contact USTR directly to 
provide a more detailed readout. 
SISON