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Cablegate: Costa Rica Endorses Unsc Resolution 1803

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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9502
INFO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0772

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DEPARTMENT FOR WHA/CEN, ISN/RA:RNEPHEW AND IO/T:HVONBEHREN

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/04/2018
TAGS: KNNP MNUC PARM IR IAEA CS
SUBJECT: COSTA RICA ENDORSES UNSC RESOLUTION 1803

REF: A. STATE 19200
B. STATE 19694
C. STATE 21770

Classified By: ADCM David E. Henifin per 1.4 (d).

1. (U) On March 4 we met with Alejandro Solano-Ortiz,
alternate Director General of the Foreign Policy Office of
the MFA, Raldolph Coto, Coordinator of the Foreign Policy
Office of the MFA, and with Juan Salas, of the MFA UNSC desk
to deliver the full text of the resolution and to seek their
views in the subject.

2. (C) Coto and Salas explained that as a member of the UNSC
and supporter of the UNSC resolution 1803, the GOCR is well
versed on the scope of Resolution 1803 and fully aware of all
of its implications. The GOCR, Salas added, shares the USG
concerns and views on the IAEA report (Refs A and B) and saw
the resolution as drastic but meaningful tool to obtain
compliance on the part of Iran to ensure that its nuclear
program is strictly intended for peaceful purposes.

3. (C) COMMENT: There was no mention of "even-handed"
non-proliferation treatment of Pakistan and Iran, as we had
heard in previous (and higher-level) MFA conversations on
this issue, nor concerns expressed about being seen as "doing
the right thing." Also, Israeli colleagues here told us on
February 26 that the MFA seemed very receptive to their
demarche on UNSCR 1803, and in fact was soliciting ideas on
how Costa Rica could be helpful on Iran. In our view, this is
good news.
BRENNAN

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