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Cablegate: Gvn Opposes Country-Specific Human Rights Resolutions

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TAGS: PREL PHUM UNGA UN VM
SUBJECT: GVN OPPOSES COUNTRY-SPECIFIC HUMAN RIGHTS RESOLUTIONS

REF: State 157024

(SBU) On November 19, Poloff met with MFA International
Organizations Department Human Rights Desk Officers Nguyen Cam Linh
and Phung Thi Lan Huong to discuss reftel points on country-specific
human rights resolutions and to deliver the related non-paper. Linh
and Huong were familiar with the resolutions. They emphasized that,
as in previous years, GVN policy does not support country-specific
resolutions, and that this has been a consistent GVN policy for many
years. Lan Huong noted that this does not mean the GVN is not
concerned about human rights in other countries, but that it does
not consider country-specific resolutions to be the best way to
effect change. According to Linh, the GVN approach is based on
promoting dialogue between countries and between the involved
parties in order to find peaceful solutions. Referring specifically
to Burma, Lan Huong said that, while the GVN supports UN engagement
in Burma, the Burmese government must be the first source to address
the country's human rights situation. She added that, since the GVN
is opposed to country-specific resolutions, it could support
no-action resolutions introduced to defeat them.

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