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Feb 7, 2011

Terrorism in India, Rudd at CHOGM, feeding time at Baghdad Zoo

WikiLeaks has stepped up its release of government cables, including news that counterterrorism experts in India were warning the US that it was falling short in fighting terrorism.

Tom Cowie

Crikey journalist

WikiLeaks has stepped up its release of government cables, including news that counterterrorism experts in India were warning the US about it was falling short in fighting terrorism, Kevin Rudd was a star player at Commonwealth climate-change negotiations in 2009 and the Baghdad Zoo's roaring trade. CABLECODE#: 06NEWDELHI8387 2006-12-18 Indian counterterrorism experts urge greater Indo-US cooperation, criticize Pakistan During meetings held in 2006 Indian government officials and counterterrorism experts urged US officials to "stay the course" in Afghanistan as a way of combatting terrorism in the region. In one meeting, a counterterrorism expert said that "the Pakistan establishment" was the greatest threat to security in the region and that India had fallen short on counterterrorism because its laws had been diluted. He also said India’s policing system was the "worst in the world". Former head of India's external intelligence agency A.S. Dulat also told US officials that the influence of terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba was growing and he requested that the US and India increase efforts to share intelligence. The meetings were held six months after a series of train bombings killed 209 people in Mumbai. Two years later terrorists killed 164 people in co-ordinated attacks across Mumbai. Lashkar-e-Taiba were believed to have been behind the attacks.

CABLECODE#: 09LONDON2819 2009-12-15 Commonwealth tackles climate change, mostly steers clear of human rights issues Prime Minister Kevin Rudd played a "star role" in Commonwealth negotiations that declared climate change "the challenge of our time" and called for a "comprehensive, substantial and operationally binding agreement". Director of Political Affairs at the Commonwealth Secretariat Amitav Banerj made the observation at a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2009. The meeting, which also admitted Rwanda as the Commonwealth’s 54th member and deplored the deteriorating political situation in Fiji, was held just weeks before the 2009 Copenhagen climate change conference. In 2007, Rudd called climate change "the greatest moral challenge of our time", while in 2008 he said any delay in reducing carbon emissions would be "reckless and irresponsible". Last year, Labor dropped the Emissions Trading Scheme, a key policy designed to reduce carbon emissions, after it failed to pass through the Senate.

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