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Cablegate: Russia Supports U.S. Candidate for the Committee

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PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMO #5938 3601351
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 261351Z DEC 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5994
INFO RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 5116
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0396

UNCLAS MOSCOW 005938

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

IO/RHS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL UNGA RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIA SUPPORTS U.S. CANDIDATE FOR THE COMMITTEE
ON THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

REF: A. MOSCOW 05918
B. STATE 169375
C. STATE 157655

1. (SBU) In response to reftel C demarche, the MFA conveyed
its support for Pierre Prosper, but stressed its expectation
of reciprocal U.S. support for the candidacy of Professor
A.S. Avtonomov in the same election.

2. (SBU) Text of MFA dipnote:

No. 11521-n/dgpch

The Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights
of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
presents its compliments to the Embassy of the United States
of America in Moscow and, in response to the Embassy's note
No. MFA/143/07 of November 22, 2007, has the honor to advise
that the Russian Federation will support the candidacy of P.
Prosper in the election to the Committee on the Elimination
of Racial Discrimination, which will take place in the course
of the 22nd conference of the member states of the
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Racial Discrimination in January of 2008 in New York City.

At the same time, the Department for Humanitarian Cooperation
and Human Rights expresses its hope that, taking into account
the gentlemen's agreement among the permanent members of the
U.N. Security Council on mutual support of their candidacies
to U.N. bodies of limited membership, the Government of the
United States of America will provide support to the
candidacy of Professor A.S. Avtonomov in the same election to
the same body.

The Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights
of the Ministry avails itself of the opportunity to extend to
the Embassy renewed assurances of its fairly high
consideration.

Moscow, December 20, 2007
(STAMP)

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