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Cablegate: Voting Instructions: Uniiic Extension Resolution

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DE RUEHC #8189 1511923
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O 301915Z MAY 08
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE 1958
INFO RUEHLB/AMEMBASSY BEIRUT IMMEDIATE 8526
RUEHDM/AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS IMMEDIATE 5249
RUEHTC/AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE IMMEDIATE 2259

UNCLAS STATE 058189

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: UNSC PTER LE
SUBJECT: VOTING INSTRUCTIONS: UNIIIC EXTENSION RESOLUTION

1. (U) This is an action message. USUN is authorized to
agree to the resolution extending the mandate of the UN
International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC)
for an additional six months. Should the text of the
resolution change prior to adoption, Department requests Post
seek further guidance.

2. (U) Begin resolution text:

The Security Council,

Recalling all its previous relevant resolutions, in
particular resolutions 1595 (2005), 1636 (2005), 1644 (2005),
1664 (2006), 1686 (2006), 1748 (2007), 1757 (2007), 1373
(2001), and 1566 (2004),

Reaffirming its strongest condemnation of the 14 February
2005 terrorist bombing, as well as of all other attacks in
Lebanon since October 2004, and reaffirming also that those
involved in these attacks must be held accountable for their
crimes,

Having examined the report of the International Independent
Investigation Commission (S/2008/210) ("The Commission"),
submitted pursuant to resolutions 1595 (2005), 1636 (2005),
1644 (2005), 1686 (2006), and 1748 (2007),

Commending the Commission for its outstanding professional
work and the progress it continues to achieve under difficult
circumstances in assisting the Lebanese authorities in their
investigation into all aspects of this terrorist act,

Taking note of the request to extend the mandate of the
Commission expressed by the Commissioner in his briefing to
the Security Council on 8 April 2008, in order to ensure
stability and continuity in the investigative process,

Taking note of the letter of the Prime Minister of Lebanon of
8 May 2008 (S/2008/334, Enclosure) to the Secretary-General
expressing the hope that the Security Council will respond
favourably to the Commissioner's request by extending the
mandate of the Commission until 31 December 2008, and noting
the concurrent recommendation of the Secretary-General in
this regard,

Willing to continue to assist Lebanon in the search for the
truth and in holding all those involved in this terrorist
attack accountable,

1. Welcomes the report of the Commission;

2. Decides to extend the mandate of the Commission until 31
December 2008 and declares its readiness to terminate the
mandate earlier if the Commission reports that it has
completed the implementation of its mandate;

3. Requests the Commission to report to the Council on the
progress of the investigation at the latest in six months and
at any other earlier time if it deems appropriate;

4. Decides to remain seized of the matter.


End resolution text.
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