US embassy cable - 02AMMAN4946

JORDAN RE: UN CONVENTION TO BAN HUMAN CLONING

Identifier: 02AMMAN4946
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Origin: Embassy Amman
Created: 2002-09-03 05:52:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: KSCA PREL AORC TBIO TPHY JO UNGA
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UNCLAS AMMAN 004946 
 
SIPDIS 
 
IO/T 
HHS FOR JANETA DANIELS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KSCA, PREL, AORC, TBIO, TPHY, JO, UNGA 
SUBJECT: JORDAN RE: UN CONVENTION TO BAN HUMAN CLONING 
 
REF: STATE 106115 
 
1.  (U) On August 27, poloff delivered reftel points to Ayman 
Aamiri, Deputy Director of the Office of International 
Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Aamiri 
said the MFA would study our points and consult with other 
relevant government bodies. 
 
2.  (U) On September 1, econoff shared with Dr. Sa'ad 
Kharabsheh, Director General of Primary Health Care for the 
Ministry of Health, U.S. support of an international 
convention calling for a comprehensive ban on human cloning. 
Kharabsheh, the leading Jordanian government policy advisor 
on health issues, said that while generally speaking, the 
government was against human cloning, there was presently no 
clear policy regarding the upcoming UNGA committee meeting. 
He said the newly-updated public health law has a provision 
stating that the Ministry of Health (MOH) will regulate all 
cloning issues pertaining to public health, but said that 
this very general statement was an indication that "this 
difficult subject has not yet been tackled" by the 
government. 
 
3.  (U) Kharabsheh offered that it was his opinion that the 
Koran would not specifically prohibit cloning as long as it 
"would benefit humanity", but noted that human cloning as a 
method of harvesting organs to benefit individuals would be 
an "unethical misuse" of research and thus not allowed.  He 
agreed to consult other MOH officials and relay the 
government's position to us. 
BERRY 

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