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Cablegate: Bahrain: Demarche On Human Rights Resolutions

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UNCLAS MANAMA 001692

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL BA
SUBJECT: BAHRAIN: DEMARCHE ON HUMAN RIGHTS RESOLUTIONS

REF: A. STATE 237932
B. STATE 236869

Sensitive but unclassified (deliberative process); please
protect accordingly.

(SBU) EconOff delivered reftel points to Ghassan Shaikho, MFA
Director of International Organizations, on November 9.
Shaikho indicated that Bahrain had not yet formulated its
final position on any of the six resolutions before the Third
Committee (as outlined in Ref. B). He did say that he
expected Bahrain would not support the Belarus sponsored
resolution criticizing the U.S. electoral process (Ref. A)
and that Bahrain will likely abstain on the U.S./EU sponsored
resolution on Belarus. Citing reasons of "regional
solidarity," Shaikho added that he expects Bahrain will vote
against the resolution on Iran (as it has done in the past)
and against the resolution on Sudan. Shaikho said Bahrain's
position on the Turkmenistan and Zimbabwe resolutions is
still open for discussion, although he indicated that he
expects Bahrain will follow the Africa Group's lead on
Zimbabwe.
MONROE

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