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Cablegate: Sri Lanka Likely to Support U.S. Iom Candidate

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O 161112Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
TO RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA IMMEDIATE 2211
RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6451
INFO RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY 1199
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0591

UNCLAS COLOMBO 000982

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SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INS AND PRM

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL AORC EUN PREF SMIG CE
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA LIKELY TO SUPPORT U.S. IOM CANDIDATE

REF: STATE 93916

PolOff delivered reftel demarche to Satya Rodrigo, Director
General of UN and Multilateral Affairs at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, on July 12. Rodrigo acknowledged that the
IOM Director General position has historically been filled by
an American and said he supports continued U.S. leadership.
He confirmed that the Government of Sri Lanka likely will
support USG endorsed candidate Ambassador William Swing, and
would not consider supporting an independent American
candidate.
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