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Cablegate: Brazil: Response to Request for Contribution To

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PP RUEHRG
DE RUEHBR #1811 2642046
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 212046Z SEP 07
FM AMEMBASSY BRASILIA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0015
INFO RUEHRG/AMCONSUL RECIFE 7154
RUEHRI/AMCONSUL RIO DE JANEIRO 5139
RUEHSO/AMCONSUL SAO PAULO 0844

UNCLAS BRASILIA 001811

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

WHA AND WHA/BSC FOR B.CHIANG AND D.SCHNIER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER UNSC LE BR
SUBJECT: BRAZIL: RESPONSE TO REQUEST FOR CONTRIBUTION TO
LEBANON TRIBUNAL

REF: SECSTATE 129919

1. (U) Poloffs delivered Reftel demarche to Counselor Glivania de Oliveira, chief of the United Nations Division at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations (Itamaraty). Oliveira was familiar with the Tribunal and agreed its establishment will represent a significant step forward for Lebanon. She was noncommittal on whether Brazil would make a voluntary donation to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, noting that due to resource constraints, Itamaraty had limited flexibility to make additional voluntary donations. She noted, however, that Brazil had made voluntary contributions in the past to UN activities in Palestine and others related to the peace process, and said that the MRE would consider the issue carefully.

2. (U) Oliveira took the opportunity to inform poloffs that the Government of Brazil had just authorized the payment of the remaining US$2 million in arrears owed to the UN, which would put Brazil,s payments on its assessed contributions in good standing for the first time in more than a decade. Oliveira made it a point to mention that clearing its debt is meant as a signal of how important the Government of Brazil views its responsibilities under the UN Charter.

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