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Cablegate: Spain Disappointed Regarding Usg Unhrc Decision

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DEPARTMENT FOR DRL/MLGA (SICADE) AND IO/RHS (OSTERMEIER)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN DISAPPOINTED REGARDING USG UNHRC DECISION

REF: STATE 61034

(SBU) On June 12, Poloff informed the Spanish MFA Director of
Human Rights, Fernando Fernandez-Arias Minuesa, of the USG
decision to disengage from the UN Human Rights Council (HRC)
per reftel. Fernandez-Arias indicated that the GOS was
disappointed in the decision, but understood USG reasons, and
indeed shared some of the frustration with the HRC,
specifically citing the March 2008 amendment to the mandate
of the Special Rapporteur. He said, however, that the HRC
was in its infancy, and as such, it would be premature to
conclude that it was wholly ineffective. Fernandez-Arias
said USG involvement and support in the promotion of human
rights was critical. Poloff reiterated the USG's commitment
to intensify its engagement on human rights protection and
promotion in other venues, and specifically the General
Assembly's Third Committee.
AGUIRRE

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