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Cablegate: Argentina to Seek Balanced Resolution On The

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TAGS: UNGA PHUM PREL PTER AR LE IS
SUBJECT: ARGENTINA TO SEEK BALANCED RESOLUTION ON THE
SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND CHILDREN IN LEBANON

REF: A) STATE 176793

1. (SBU) Per reftel, Poloff delivered talking points and
background paper to Manuel Fernandez Salorio, Minister in the
Division of International Organizations in Argentina's
Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Fernandez stated that the
Argentine government (GOA) supports efforts to realize a
lasting and definitive peace in the Middle East and is also
committed to protecting the human rights of all children. He
acknowledged that the Cuba-sponsored resolutions does not
take into account Hezbollah's aggressive actions nor the
suffering of Israeli children and civilians.

2. (SBU) However, the GOA believes that Israel's use of
force was "excessive and disproportionate" and consequently
voted for the UN Human Rights Council resolution on the grave
situation of human rights in Lebanon caused by Israeli
military operations, Fernandez explained. He added that the
GOA would likely try to introduce language to ensure the
resolution had a more "balanced" perspective. Fernandez
declined to comment whether the GOA would vote against or
abstain on the resolution, should those efforts fail, saying
only that the GOA works by consensus.
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