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Cablegate: Middle East: Arabs Pushing Unsc Resolution On

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O 112136Z JUN 08
FM USMISSION USUN NEW YORK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4424
INFO RUEHGG/UN SECURITY COUNCIL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUEHXK/ARAB ISRAELI COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PTER KWBG KPAL IS PA
SUBJECT: MIDDLE EAST: ARABS PUSHING UNSC RESOLUTION ON
ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS


1. (SBU) USUN has learned that the Arab Group at the UN met
at the expert-level on June 11 to discuss a Saudi proposal to
table a draft resolution in the UN Security Council
criticizing recent Israeli settlement activity. According to
friendly delegations in the Arab Group, the Palestinian
Observer Mission presented several amendments to the
Saudi-drafted text during the June 11 meeting, which were
generally welcomed by the group. The Libyan delegation plans
to circulate a revised text to the Arab Group on June 12.
(Note: USUN will forward the draft to the Department once we
receive it. End Note.) If Arab capitals approve the text on
June 12 or June 13, Arab PermReps in New York are expected to
approach Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) members of the UNSC to
seek their support for the draft (this would include South
Africa, Indonesia, Vietnam, Panama, and Burkina Faso). If
the NAM Council members support the draft text, which USUN
assesses as likely, the Arabs are expected to then approach
European members of the Council to attain the required nine
votes. Word of this draft resolution has already spread
across UN missions in New York. Arab diplomats friendly to
USUN expect the resolution to be tabled in the Security
Council, with at least the requisite nine votes in support,
by the middle of next week (June 18) at the latest.
Khalilzad

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