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Cablegate: Benin: Cuba Embargo Resolution at the Unga

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P 300808Z OCT 07
FM AMEMBASSY COTONOU
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9971
RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 1184

UNCLAS COTONOU 000836

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DEPT FOR IO/IUNP John Mariz
PARIS FOR D'ELIA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: UNGA PHUM UN CU BN
SUBJECT: BENIN: CUBA EMBARGO RESOLUTION AT THE UNGA

REF: STATE 148506

1.(SBU) On October 29, Poloff delivered reftel demarche to the
Director of International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, Mr. Thomas Adoumasse. Mr. Adoumasse acknowledged the
seriousness of the human rights problem in Cuba, which he attributed
to the Castro regime. He said that the Group of 77 and the Movement
of Non-Aligned States put a great deal of pressure on UNGA's African
delegates to vote for the resolution.

2.(SBU) Due to pressure from those groups Adoumasse underscored the
GOB could not use an Explanation of Vote in the Cuba Resolution.
Adoumasse did raise the possibility the GOB would abstain from
voting on the resolution. Adoumasse stated he would discuss this
with Benin's Permanent Representative to the UN.

BOUSTANI

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