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Cablegate: Ukraine: Un Human Rights Council - Demarche On

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PP RUEHBW RUEHIK RUEHLN RUEHPOD RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHKV #0869 1281253
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 071253Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5516
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS KYIV 000869

SIPDIS

DEPT ALSO FOR IO/RHS AND DRL/MLGA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL UNHRC
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - DEMARCHE ON
POSSIBLE CANDIDATES DELIVERED

REF: A. STATE 46477
B. KYIV 1599

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED. NOT FOR INTERNET DISTRIBUTION.

1. (SBU) We confirmed on May 7, per ref A inquiry, that
Ukraine is seeking re-election to the UN Human Rights Council
(UNHRC) with Iryna Kachenko, UN Desk Officer for elections in
the MFA's International Organizations Division. We also
conveyed the USG position expressing deep concern about the
performance of the UNHRC. Ms. Kachenko advised Poloff that
the GOU shares U.S. concerns that the UNHCR is being used for
little more than making damaging public condemnations of
Israel. She expressed the GOU's willingness to continue to
work with the U.S. to make the UNHRC a more legitimate and
responsive body to address global human rights issues.

2. (SBU) Embassy Comment: Ukraine has been a leader among
post-Soviet republics in the field of human rights both at
home and abroad and should continue its strong record if
re-elected. Ukraine's voting record in the UNHRC has been
identical to France and differs from that of EU members,
Great Britain, Germany, and Poland by virtue of one
abstention rather than a no vote on the November 15, 2006
resolution S-3/1 (Beit Hanoun assault). Should it be
re-elected, we anticipate that Ukraine would continue to
follow the EU's lead and be a good ally in the Commission for
the U.S. with regard to promoting human rights globally.
Re-election to the UNHRC would affirm and recognize Ukraine's
commitment to human rights, which would also serve to support
USG objectives to solidify democracy in Ukraine. End Comment.

3. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website:
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev.
Taylor

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