DOS Cable re: Letter to Committee Against Torture

Letter from U.S. Amb. Moley to U.N. Representative Fernanco Mendez, Chairperson of the Committee Agaist Torture re: Second Periodic Report on the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

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Thursday, September 30, 2004
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SUBJECT: CAT: LETTER TO COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE

1.
(U) Following in para 2 below is the text of a letter to
the Chairperson of the Committee against Torture for
signature by Ambassador Moley. Mission is requested to
deliver the text at the earliest opportunity.

2.
(U) Begin text.

Mr. Fernanco Menedez
Chairperson of the Committee Against Torture
Geneva

I am pleased to respond to your letter of May 21 2004, which
expressed your hope that the Government of the United States
would submit its second periodic report on the Convention
Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading
Treatment or Punishment by October 1, 2004, so that the
Committee could expeditiously consider this submission.'
While the United States has been working with great energy in
preparing the report in the months since it received your
letter, my government felt it appropriate to wait in
responding until it has a clearer idea of when it would be
able to provide that submission.

As you know, the preparation of a comprehensive submission of
the sort contemplated in Article 19 of the Convention Against
Torture is a large and complex undertaking. The United
States has worked industriously to collect the information
needed for its report and to write its submission based on
all of these materials. While this process has taken longer
than the United States or the Committee would have hoped, we
will make every effort to have a report ready for submission
in 2004, we hope by the time of the Committee's November
meeting.

Please be assured that the United States regards this report

as a matter of great seriousness and urgency, and that we are

continuing to expend the necessary time and energy to make

its submission thorough and rigorous. We appreciate the

Committee's understanding in this regard and look forward to

working with ycu and the Committee on this matter.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK E SCHMELZER 1
DATE/CASE ID: 10 DEC 2004 200303827

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