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Cablegate: Israel Supports Community of Democracies, Cannot

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FM AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV
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RUEHWR/AMEMBASSY WARSAW PRIORITY 1007
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 5899

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SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR G JOAQUIN FERRAO AND DRL/MGA GIANNI PAZ

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KDEM PHUM PREL UNGA PGOV
SUBJECT: ISRAEL SUPPORTS COMMUNITY OF DEMOCRACIES, CANNOT
SEND FM TO MALI

REF: SECSTATE 129764

1. (SBU) On September 18, Poloff delivered reftel demarche on
priorities for the Communities of Democracies (CD) to Ron
Adam, Director of the UN Political Affairs Department at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which also handles the CD
portfolio. Adam expressed Israel's support for the Community
of Democracies, and said the Foreign Minister would try to
attend the meeting chaired by Mali on the margins of UNGA.
He could not commit the Foreign Minister, as she was leaving
New York that day, October 1, and already had a fairly full
schedule including an address to the General Assembly. Adam
did indicate that if Secretary Rice thought it was of
particular importance for FM Livni to attend the meeting,
that we should communicate that as soon as possible.

2. (SBU) Adam noted that FM Livni would not be able to attend
the biennial ministerial in Bamako, or provide direct
support, as Israel does not have diplomatic relations with
Mali. However, he said they were planning on sending
working-level representation and were interested in seeing
the draft communique being prepared for the ministerial when
it was ready.

3. (SBU) Adam had not seen the proposal for a CD
Secretariat, but responded positively to the idea and said

SIPDIS
the GOI would be interested in getting more information,
including make-up of the small international staff, before
the October 1 meeting. With regards to the other actions,
Adam noted that Israel has already made a pledge to the UN
Democracy Fund (UNDEF). He said Israel is particularly
interested in highlighting the role of NGOs, civil society
and strong institutions in democracy building.

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