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Cablegate: Goe Inclined to Support Un Indigenous Declaration

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL EC
SUBJECT: GOE INCLINED TO SUPPORT UN INDIGENOUS DECLARATION

REF: A. SECSTATE 169257

B. QUITO 1386

1. (SBU) PolOff presented reftel points and delivered copies
of three non-papers to Augusto Saa, Director of Human Rights
and Social and Environmental issues at the MFA, on October
12, emphasizing the USG view that the Chair's draft
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (DRIP) is
fundamentally flawed. Saa said that the GOE continues to
support the draft Declaration, but has advised its UN mission
not to push any sensitive issues and would share USG concerns
regarding the declaration with them. He agreed that more
discussion of the declaration would be necessary before a
final vote, and said Ecuador would consult with others who
are in favor while remaining open to listening to further
arguments from those who oppose it. However, he emphasized
it would be difficult for Ecuador to change its position
citing political realities, the country's current electoral
climate and the interest with which indigenous groups were
following the declaration's progress.
JEWELL

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