Cablegate: Goc Concerned About Un Draft Resolution On

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id: 14497
date: 3/2/2004 22:05
refid: 04BOGOTA3102
origin: Embassy Bogota
classification: CONFIDENTIAL
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C O N F I D E N T I A L BOGOTA 003102



E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/26/2014

Classified By: CDA Milton K. Drucker, Reasons: 1.4 B & D.

1. (C) Charge was called to the Foreign Ministry on March 26
by Acting Minister Jaime Giron to discuss the GOC's
reservations about two aspects of the UNSC Draft Resolution
on Children and Armed Conflict. Referring to the
resolution's operative paragraph 7bis, Giron expressed
concern about the use of the term "parties" in reference to
the FARC and ELN guerrilla groups and the AUC paramilitary
group, stating that the term implied that Colombian
narco-terrorist groups were "parties to a conflict" rather
than merely being illegal armed groups without political
support. Secondly, referring to operative paragraph 3, Giron
worried that Colombia could become a "UN Security Council
agenda item." Giron pointed out that the citation on
Colombia was different than most of the other countries in
Annex II of the Secretary General's Report on Children and
Armed Conflict. We understand Colombian Ambassador Moreno
also phoned A/S Holmes with the same concerns.

2. (C) Action request: Post would like to assist the GOC
particularly on the wording issue. The USG has named the
FARC, ELN, and AUC terrorist organizations and we are
sympathetic to Colombian concerns on the language of the
draft resolution.

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