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Cablegate: Sharing Draft Iraq Unscr Text with Russia

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O 140734Z DEC 07 ZDS
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5836
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE 0394

UNCLAS MOSCOW 005802

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TAGS: PARM PREL UNSC EFIN MARR IZ RS
SUBJECT: SHARING DRAFT IRAQ UNSCR TEXT WITH RUSSIA

REF: STATE 165490

1. (SBU) Poloff and UK Emboff jointly delivered draft Iraq
UNSCR text and reftel points to MFA Counselor for
International Organizations Yuriy Rudakov on December 13.
Rudakov said that the MFA had received a copy of the draft
from the Russian Mission in New York, and that the GOR had no
major objections to the text. He offered, unofficially, that
the GOR would approve the resolution with some modifications.

2. (SBU) Rudakov said the GOR appreciated that the draft
UNSCR extended the mandate of the Multinational Force-Iraq
for only twelve months, which presented a timeframe for
ending the current multilateral framework. He expressed
strong Russian support for U.S. efforts in Iraq, while
reiterating that the GOR considered it important to establish
a timeframe for withdrawing Coalition Forces. Rudakov argued
that Iraqis currently feel that they live under occupation,
which hindered attempts to end factional fighting. He
reiterated GOR arguments that a timeframe for withdrawing
foreign troops could change the attitude of Iraqis and help
foster national reconciliation.
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