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Cablegate: Russia Unsure If Resolution On Drc Is Proper

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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 291222Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6882
INFO RUEHGG/UN SECURITY COUNCIL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
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RUEHLGB/AMEMBASSY KIGALI PRIORITY 0019
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UNCLAS MOSCOW 000570

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CG PREL RW UNSC ASEC ETTC RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIA UNSURE IF RESOLUTION ON DRC IS PROPER
MECHANISM

REF: SECSTATE 16195

1. (SBU) We delivered reftel demarche to MFA International
Organizations Senior Counselor Valentin Berezovskiy on
February 29, who said that he would report the information
and notify the Russian UN Mission about the decision.
Berezovskiy told us that Russia maintained its long-standing
position that all foreign troops in the DRC should be
repatriated and was not opposed to the draft UNSC resolution,
but expressed doubt that a resolution would have any more
impact than existing Presidential Statements. He was also
concerned about the UNSC's will to support follow-up action
if parties in the DRC did not respond to the resolution.
BURNS

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