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Cablegate: Austrian Position On Opposing Unga Resolutions

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R 261626Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY VIENNA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1469
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0279

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STATE FOR IO/UNP ANDREW MORRISON AND EUR/CE JAIME LAMORE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL UNGA IS PA LE SY AT
SUBJECT: AUSTRIAN POSITION ON OPPOSING UNGA RESOLUTIONS
WITH AN ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS UNLIKELY TO CHANGE

REF: STATE 123081

Poloff reported information requested by reftel to Peter
Huber, MFA Director of the Department for International
Organizations. Huber told Poloff the demarche on
anti-Israeli resolutions was an "annual ritual between our
governments," and commented that the GOA has little control
over the volume of anti-Israeli resolutions. He expressed
his belief that the number of UNGA resolutions was in part a
reflection of frustration by member states at the lack of
progress in the Security Council. He said the GOA will
review each UNGA resolution on a case-by-case basis before
making a voting decision. However, the GOA considered these
resolutions as part of the Middle East peace process, and
when the GOA believed voting for a resolution could advance,
or at least not damage, this process they would vote for it.
On resolutions reaffirming the three UN bodies, he remarked
that the GOA will consult with its EU partners on how to
vote. (Note: In the 62nd UNGA the GOA abstained on
resolutions 62/80 and 82/81, and voted yes on 62/106. End
note)
GIRARD-DICARLO

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