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Cablegate: Vietnam Undecided On Draft Zimbabwe Resolution

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RR RUEHHM
DE RUEHHI #0798 1910943
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 090943Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8117
INFO RUEHHM/AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH 4910
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0218

UNCLAS HANOI 000798

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL UNSC PHUM ZI VM
SUBJECT: VIETNAM UNDECIDED ON DRAFT ZIMBABWE RESOLUTION

REF: STATE 73173

(SBU) On July 9, due to the urgency of the demarche and in the
absence of the Ambassador, the acting Political Counselor discussed
reftel points on the draft UNSC resolution on Zimbabwe with MFA
International Organizations Department Specialist Vu Thu Minh. Ms.
Minh indicated that MFA leadership has not finalized its position on
the issue. She said that, while the GVN is deeply concerned about
the violence in Zimbabwe and wants to see it reduced, it is still
considering whether or not the situation in Zimbabwe is a threat to
international peace and security. Ms. Minh added that the GVN needs
more time to study the resolution and that, "if a vote was taken
today, she wouldn't know the answer" about how Vietnam would vote.
In considering an appropriate response to the situation in Zimbabwe,
Ms. Minh said MFA officials are looking at the timing and type of
UNSC response to other situations of internal unrest, for example
Kenya and Thailand, as possible precedents. She also said the MFA
has the impression that African regional groupings are not
supportive of the resolution and suggested that they might be given
more time to reach a solution.

MICHALAK

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