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Cablegate: Dominican Republic: U.N. Key to Resolving Lebanon

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DE RUEHDG #2551 2201853
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 081853Z AUG 06
FM AMEMBASSY SANTO DOMINGO
TO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0077
RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5713
INFO RUEHZA/WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

UNCLAS SANTO DOMINGO 002551

SIPDIS

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PTER MOPS UN IS LE DR
SUBJECT: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: U.N. KEY TO RESOLVING LEBANON
CONFLICT

REF: STATE 128442

On August 8, poloff delivered reftel talking points to
Ambassador for UN and OAS Affairs Michelle Cohen. Cohen
reflected on the August 4 meeting of UNSG Kofi Annan and
President Leonel Fernandez, during which Fernandez condemned
without distinction Israeli attacks in the city of Qana and
Hizbollah rocket attacks into northern Israel. She then
suggested, as did Fernandez earlier, that multi-lateral
organizations in general and the United Nations in particular
would prove key to terminating the current conflict. Cohen
noted that the Dominican government was supportive of an
immediate ceasefire, but withheld comment on the specific
resolution as relayed in reftel, noting instead that it would
be passed upwards in the MFA for analysis and discussion.
Post will advise of any further substantive comment.
MILLMAN

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