Cablegate: Keeping the Iraq Issue in the Security Council

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E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 74254

1. In the absence of the Director General for Multilateral
Affairs, PolOff discussed reftel points with his assistant,
Sylvia Corado on March 21. Corado said the MFA had
anticipated our position on this issue and agreed that the UN
Charter gives responsibility for international peace and
security to the UNSC. She was noncommittal, however, to our
points that other UN bodies such as the General Assembly or
Commission on Human Rights would be inappropriate fora for
discussions on Iraq. Corado said the Foreign Minister and
his Vice Ministers were consulting on our points, but
discussions were going slower than she would like due to the
Foreign Minister's travels. Corado added that input from the
Guatemalan PermRep in New York would probably be decisive.
Corado could not comment on whether Guatemala would try to
influence the NAM to prevent efforts to introduce the Iraq
issue, but said she did not think the US had much to worry
about from the NAM.

2. FonMin Gutierrez has just returned from abroad and
Ambassador will endeavor to reach him.

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