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Cablegate: Iceland Deeply Disappointed About Usg Decision On Un Human

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TAGS: PHUM PREL IC
SUBJECT: ICELAND DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED ABOUT USG DECISION ON UN HUMAN
RIGHTS COUNCIL

REF: STATE 061034

1. (SBU) Pol Chief delivered reftel points to Ingibjorg
Davidsdottir, Counsellor for Human Rights at the Icelandic Ministry
for Foreign Affairs on 12 June. Davidsdottir, who had just returned
the previous night from Human Rights Council meetings in Geneva,
said that she was personally "deeply disappointed" at the U.S.
decision. However, she added that she understood USG frustration
with the Council. Davidsdottir said she would convey the points to
the Foreign Minister and would pass on any official response.

2. (SBU) Additionally, Davidsdottir asked for any information as
soon as it is available regarding the details of USG plans for
strengthened engagement in other human rights institutions, as well
as U.S. thoughts on what specific changes to the Council might make
it possible for the U.S. to reevaluate the decision not to
participate.

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