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Cablegate: Unhrc - Candidacy of Belarus Demarche Delivered

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PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHAK #1101 1300829
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 100829Z MAY 07
FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2029
INFO RHMFIUU/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHDC
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC//J-3/J-5//
RHEHAAA/NSC WASHDC
RUEUITH/ODC ANKARA TU//TCH//
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RUEUITH/TLO ANKARA TU
RUEHAK/TSR ANKARA TU
RUEHAK/USDAO ANKARA TU

UNCLAS ANKARA 001101

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

IO/RHS, DRL/MLGA, EUR/PGI, USUN NEW YORK, US MISSION GENEVA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL UNHRC BO SI TU
SUBJECT: UNHRC - CANDIDACY OF BELARUS DEMARCHE DELIVERED

REF: STATE 58056

Classified by POL External Chief David Burger for reasons 1.4
(b) and (d).

(C) On May 3 we delivered reftel demarche to MFA Head of
Department for Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus Meltem
Buyukkarakas. She reported that Turkey shared our concerns
about Belarus being elected to the UN Human Rights Council,
but said it would be awkward for Turkey to vote to fill only
one of the two spots available in the Eastern Europe slate.
It would be easier for Turkey if another candidate could be
identified. She added that some weeks ago the Belarus
embassy here had approached MFA seeking Turkey,s vote for
the Council. UK Embassy here informed us that MFA,s UN
affairs staff gave a similar response.

Visit Ankara's Classified Web Site at
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/ankara/

WILSON

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