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Cablegate: Unhrc Anti-Israel Demarche Delivered

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SUBJECT: UNHRC ANTI-ISRAEL DEMARCHE DELIVERED

REF: STATE 7232

(SBU) Poloff delivered reftel demarche to Spanish Deputy DG
for Human Rights Fernando Fernandez-Arias on January 24,
urging EU nations to vote against the resolution tabled by
the OIC, rather than abstain. Fernandez-Arias said that EU
consensus was broken at present, and that it was possible
some states would vote against and the rest would abstain.
Spain was advocating for a strong consensus explanation of
vote in the event of EU abstention. Fernandez-Arias admitted
that he had not yet talked to Geneva and was not sure of the
latest state of play. Poloff emphasized that the resolution
was completely unbalanced and made no mention of the
provocative rocket attacks into Israel.
AGUIRRE

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