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Cablegate: Portugal Undecided On Selection for Unhrc

VZCZCXYZ0014
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHLI #0507 0591715
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 281715Z FEB 07
FM AMEMBASSY LISBON
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5603
INFO RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 0542
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 1466

UNCLAS LISBON 000507

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

EUR/PGI, IO/RHS AND DRL/MLGA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL PO
SUBJECT: PORTUGAL UNDECIDED ON SELECTION FOR UNHRC

REF: SECSTATE 21984

Pol-Econ Officer met with MFA International Organizations
Officer Celia Morais to discuss our concerns about the UN
Human Rights Council's progress and to underscore the
importance of selecting a candidate from democratic Eastern
Europe in the upcoming election. Morais agreed that nations
committed to democracy should be selected whenever possible
and said Portugal would take our endorsement of Bosnia into
consideration. Portugal is currently in the process of
evaluating which Eastern European candidate it will support.

Hoffman

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