Viewing cable 07MEXICO871
Title: NUCLEAR SUPPLIERS GROUP OUTREACH MEETING TO MEXICO

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07MEXICO8712007-02-21 21:07:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Mexico
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UNCLAS MEXICO 000871 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR ISN/NES DICK STRATFORD AND ROBIN DELABARRE 
UNVIE FOR LISA HILLIARD 
DOE FOR RICHARD GOOREVICH 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: OTRA ENRG KNNP PARP TRGY MX
SUBJECT: NUCLEAR SUPPLIERS GROUP OUTREACH MEETING TO MEXICO 
 
REF: STATE 14235 
 
¶1. (SBU) Summary: During outreach meetings with GOM 
officials, representatives of the Nuclear Suppliers Group 
(NSG) were told that Mexico would like to join the NSG.  This 
visit followed an NSG "Troika" (current, past, and future NSG 
chairs) outreach visit to Mexico in January 2006.  The 
Chairman advised the Mexican delegation that the GOM's 
adherence would be welcomed and said that consensus was 
required for membership.  The troika presented the steps that 
Mexico must take to adhere to NSG guidelines and eventually 
join the NSG.  End summary. 
 
¶2. (SBU) On February 15-16, Chairman of the NSG Consultative 
Group Richard Goorevich accompanied NSG Chair Ambassador 
Artur Denot Medeiros, Special Representative for Disarmament 
and Non Proliferation of Brazil, and previous NSG Chair 
Ambassador Roald Naess of Norway.  The NSG representatives 
were responding to a GOM invitation for meetings to continue 
outreach efforts and provide assistance to Mexico in the 
establishment of effective nuclear export controls. 
 
¶3. (SBU) The February 15 meeting included over 35 
well-prepared attendees from seven GOM agencies.  It was led 
by Ambassador Juan Manuel Gomez Robledo Verduzco, Mexico's 
Deputy Representative to the UN and President of the UN Sixth 
Committee.  Robledo stated that the GOM is looking to take 
steps to join the NSG, and recognizes that there are two 
major hurdles to seeking membership: the GOM does not have a 
nuclear export control system in place and needs to amend 
Mexico's nuclear-related legislation to provide such a 
system; and joining the NSG would represent a departure from 
a 30-year policy of not taking part in any regimes not 
legally mandated. He said the GOM recognizes that the 
non-proliferation threat has increased and Mexican policy 
needs to evolve.  Robledo added that Mexico's disarmament 
policy will not change.   There was a discussion that the GOM 
should look at nuclear power expansion to address expected 
future energy shortages. 
 
¶4. (SBU) The Chairman told the Mexican participants that the 
GOM's adherence would be warmly welcomed.  He said that 
consensus among current members is required for membership, 
and that the NSG could take a decision only after all 
consideration and adherence procedures were completed.  The 
troika presented the steps that a state must take to adhere 
to NSG guidelines and eventually join the NSG.  A 
conversation ensued regarding how to enforce export controls. 
 
¶5. (SBU) The February 16 discussion was dedicated to 
answering questions on the legal and technical aspects of 
implementing NSG guidelines on a national level. After each 
question, members of the troika discussed how aspects of the 
NSG guidelines were implemented in their respective 
countries.  GOM questions focused on the cost of export 
controls, verification of the process on a national level, 
enforcement, coordination between licensing and customs 
activities, and benefits of joining the group. The GOM 
participants understand that Mexico has significant work 
before it in order to adhere to the guidelines, but 
reiterated the commitment to comply with UNSCR 1540. The 
troika pledged to stay in contact with the GOM and answer 
additional questions that arise. 
 
 
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GARZA