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Cablegate: French Lobbying Efforts to Support Un Human Rights

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL FR EUN
SUBJECT: FRENCH LOBBYING EFFORTS TO SUPPORT UN HUMAN RIGHTS
RESOLUTIONS IN PLENARY

REF: STATE 266582

1. (U) As per reftel, Poloff spoke to MFA DAS-equivalent for
Human Rights in the Directorate of United Nations and
International Organizations Affairs Beatrice le Fraper du
Hellen about the need to lobby third countries against
supporting any "no action motions" that might be brought by
Iran or Turkmenistan. Ms. Fraper du Hellen indicated that
France was actively working to fight against efforts to
undermine draft UN resolutions critical of human rights
practices, and that the GOF had spoken to a number of
countries about opposing possible no action motions and in
support of the resolutions on Sudan and Zimbabwe.

2. (U) According to Ms. Fraper du Hellen, the GOF had asked
the following countries to vote in line with US/EU positions
or, at worst, abstain: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brunei, Central
African Republic, Comoros, Djibouti, Equitorial Guinea,
Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Laos, Moldova, Niger,
Tajikistan, Togo. Ms. Fraper du Hellen indicated that most
countries indicated that they "took note" or would "consider"
GOF requests. Armenia indicated it hesitated voting against
Iran because of an upcoming visit by the Armenian President
to Tehran. Niger said it would vote in line with the Islamic
States -- in favor of Iran. However, Fraper du Hellen seemed
encouraged that efforts to switch third country votes would
fail to garner enough support to pass motions of no action.
Wolff


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