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Cablegate: Croatia to Follow Eu On Third Committee Resolutions

UNCLAS ZAGREB 00988

SIPDIS
R 050737Z NOV 07

FM AMEMBASSY ZAGREB
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 8286

UNCLAS ZAGREB 000988

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL KTIA UN UNGA
SUBJECT: CROATIA TO FOLLOW EU ON THIRD COMMITTEE RESOLUTIONS

REF: SECSTATE 145641

1. Ref points were delivered to Andrej Dogan at the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and European Integration - Department of
the United Nations on 26 October 2007. The GOC expects to
follow the EU's position on resolutions appearing before the
UN's Third Committee over the coming months.

2. Dogan expects the GOC to support resolutions on Iran,
Belarus, Burma and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
The GOC did not object to the text of the draft resolution
on "Condemning the Use of Rape as an Instrument of State
Policy" and expressed support for the resolution as an idea.
Dogan indicated some additional language more closely
aligning the resolution with the International Criminal Court
might be desirable. However, he indicated the GOC did not
want such language to derail the resolution and would not
press the issue in the end. Again, he expected the GOC to
follow closely the EU's lead. Regarding the resolutions on
elections, religious intolerance, and defamation of religion,
Dogan had no substantive comments.

3. Finally, Croatia would likely support an EU resolution
calling for a moratorium on the death penalty, should it be
introduced. Discussing the issue, Dogan noted the former
Yugoslavia did not have a death penalty and, upon gaining
independence, Croatia saw no reason to revive the practice.
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