US embassy cable - 02ABUJA2508

NIGERIA: PRESIDENT OBASANJO TO HEAD WSSD DELEGATION

Identifier: 02ABUJA2508
Wikileaks: View 02ABUJA2508 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Abuja
Created: 2002-08-23 12:10:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Tags: ECON ETRD EAGR ENRG EFIN PREL KPAO NI UNCSD
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UNCLAS ABUJA 002508 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ECON, ETRD, EAGR, ENRG, EFIN, PREL, KPAO, NI, UNCSD 
SUBJECT: NIGERIA: PRESIDENT OBASANJO TO HEAD WSSD 
DELEGATION 
 
REF: A. A) STATE 151258 
     B. B) STATE 158974 
 
 
1. (SBU)  Summary. The Nigerian delegation to the World 
Summit on Sustainable Development (WSD) will be led by 
President Obasanjo and include Ministers for Foreign Affairs, 
Agriculture, Environment, Finance, African Integration and 
Energy (Presidential Advisor Rilwanu Lukman).  Nigerian 
contacts in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Environment 
received reftel talking points and agreed on the need for the 
WSSD to limit itself to concrete programs with a chance for 
implementation and eventual success.  While Nigerian actions 
at international fora are hard to predict, for the WSSD the 
present delegation seems well disposed to a high degree of 
cooperation.  End Summary. 
 
 
2. (U) President Olusegun Obasanjo, recently criticized for 
his foreign travels, may limit his attendance to September 2 
only, when he is scheduled to give the 47th presentation to 
the WSSD.  According to Director of the 2nd UN office of the 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, M.K. Ibrahim, Obasanjo 
personally reduced the size of the Nigerian delegation from 
102 to thirty and many of the offices were in a state of 
confusion. 
 
 
3. (U)  Minister of State for Environmental Affairs Imeh 
Okopido responded to the demarche by stressing Nigeria's 
agreement with the U.S. on the importance of partnerships, 
and relayed his gratitutude for USG support for the African 
Process (Reftel b). 
 
 
4. (U)  Participation by Lukman shows the GON is taking the 
energy portion of the agenda seriously.  Contacts at both the 
Ministry of the Environment and MFA said they expected to 
work closely with the U.S. and that Nigeria shared many of 
our concerns. 
 
 
5. (SBU) Comment: In recent international fora the degree of 
Nigerian cooperation has varied.  Positive WTO meetings in 
Doha were followed by a less collaboration in Monterrey. 
Neveretheless, we believe that working-level and senior 
members of the WSSD delegation are open to greater 
cooperation with the U.S., and with a little luck might be 
kept from reverting to obstructionist positions, whether they 
be those of the G-77 or OPEC.       End Comment. 
JETER 

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