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Cablegate: Summary of Secretary General's Lunch with Security

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SUBJECT: SUMMARY OF SECRETARY GENERAL'S LUNCH WITH SECURITY
COUNCIL AMBASSADORS

REF: USUN 845

1. (SBU) Summary. On September 18 UN Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon, during his monthly luncheon with Security Council
Ambassadors, discussed the Georgia/UNOMIG mandate renewal
(ref), Bolivia, and Democratic Republic of Congo. Although
not part of the agenda, France raised the issue of Somalia
and piracy, which became a major discussion topic among the
group. End Summary.

Georgia/UNOMIG
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2. (SBU) In addition to the substantive details raised during
the luncheon found in reftel, French PermRep Ripert
highlighted that the inability to extend the mandate of the
United Nations Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) would send the
wrong message and that the Council should consider a
technical rollover to facilitate the meeting in Geneva in
mid-October, part of French President Sarkozy's brokered
ceasefire agreement between Russia and Georgia. Ripert also
emphasized the need for unimpeded humanitarian access and a
broader mission for the UN to investigate Russia's
accusations of Georgian human rights abuses.


BOLIVIA
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3. (SBU) Ban raised the issue concerning the violent
political standoff in Bolivia and the UN's potential role to
defuse the crisis. The discussion was non-controversial, but
Costa Rican PermRep Urbina judged that before any UN
involvement in the matter, the parties in Bolivia should
solve the crisis among themselves, or failing that, the
Organization of American States could assist.


DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
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4. (SBU) The Ambassadors agreed that bilateral engagement
from each of the Security Council member states with the DRC
was the best way to approach the political impasse in
Kinshasa.


SOMALIA AND PIRACY
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5. (SBU) The SYG and Security Council Ambassadors discussed
piracy on the Somali coast and the ongoing inability to rein
in attacks. They agreed that more needed to be done to combat
the piracy, and Ripert announced that his Mission would host
a meeting on 19 September to discuss the drafting of a new
resolution to address the issue. In response, the Indonesian
PermRep Natalegawa noted the parameters of UNSCR 1816 (passed
on June 2, 2008 dealing with piracy and its impact on the
delivery of humanitarian aid to Somalia) were sufficient. The
Ambassadors raised the issue of contingency planning for ship
escorts for humanitarian aid as the Canadian force currently
operating as escorts will end its mandate at the end of
September.
Khalilzad

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