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Cablegate: Paraguay On Swiss Conference to Adopt a Third

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS ASUNCION 000764

SIPDIS

STATE FOR WHA/BSC

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC PHUM PREF PREL IS SZ PA ICRC
SUBJECT: PARAGUAY ON SWISS CONFERENCE TO ADOPT A THIRD
ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL TO THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS

REF: STATE 104272

On June 8, POLOFF met with Julio Peralta, Director for
International Organizations within the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs to deliver reftel demarche and talking points.
POLOFF urged Peralta to support the Swiss Government's
circular note and to convey such support to them prior to
June 17. Peralta stated to POLOFF that he was familiar with
the issue and knew of the Magen David Adom (MDA) group's
work. While, he noted that personally he agreed with the
merits of adopting a third protocol to the Geneva Conventions
that would provide added protection for humanitarian groups
operating outside of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent
Movements, he could not state the GOP's position without
first discussing the matter with his colleagues in Geneva.
He mentioned that he would pass along the talking points and
would let POLOFF know the GOP position soon. Post will
follow-up on the issue and forward the response as it becomes
available.
KEANE

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