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Cablegate: Cuban Anti-Embargo Resolution: French Response

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141518Z Oct 04


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FM AMEMBASSY PARIS
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7427
INFO EU MEMBER STATES PRIORITY

UNCLAS PARIS 007539

SIPDIS


STATE FOR WHA/CCA, IO/UNP, AND USUN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL ETRD CU FR UNGA
SUBJECT: CUBAN ANTI-EMBARGO RESOLUTION: FRENCH RESPONSE

REF: STATE 215870

(SBU) Poloff delivered reftel demarche to Jeanne de Tarle,
MFA UN Desk Officer covering the Caribbean; Eric Chaux, MFA
Cuba Desk Officer; and Christophe Katsahian, U.S. Desk
Officer, on October 13. De Tarle underlined that the GOF
shared our overall assessment of the human rights situation
in Cuba. She added that France follows the human rights
situation closely and would continue to do so, but that
France's history of voting for the resolution against the
embargo was unlikely to change. De Tarle emphasized that an
affirmative vote on the resolution was not a show of support
for the Castro regime, but rather a position taken on
principle, and, she said, the GOF considers the embargo an
ineffective way of bringing about democratic change in Cuba.
While it is probable that the GOF will vote with other EU
countries in support of the resolution, de Tarle indicated
that there would likely be a strongly worded Explanation of
Vote to voice EU concern with the continued human rights
abuses of the Castro regime.
Leach


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