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Cablegate: Goe Inclined to Support Indigenous Declaration

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

REF: A. SECSTATE 169257
B. QUITO 1386

1. (SBU) PolOff presented Ref A points and 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 UN Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples is fundamentally flawed.

2. (SBU) Saa responded 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 arguments from those who oppose it. Saa
emphasized it would be difficult for Ecuador to actively
oppose the draft, citing political realities here, including
the current electoral climate and the support for the
Declaration from Ecuadorian indigenous groups.
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