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Cablegate: Un Mission Ethiopia/Eritrea -- Sharing U.S. Views

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TAGS: PREL KPKO UNSC ID ET ER
SUBJECT: UN MISSION ETHIOPIA/ERITREA -- SHARING U.S. VIEWS
WITH INDONESIA

REF: STATE 79539

1. (U) This message is Sensitive but Unclassified -- Please
handle accordingly.

2. (SBU) SUMMARY: Mission delivered reftel message
outlining USG views on the way forward for the UN Mission in
Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) to GOI interlocutors on July 24.
They took note of our views and promised to consider them as
Indonesia formulated its position on the matter. END SUMMARY.

3. (SBU) Pol/C delivered reftel message to Bunyan Saptomo,
Director for North American Affairs at the Department of
Foreign Affairs (DEPLU), on July 24. Poloff also raised the
issue with Fikry Cassidy, DEPLU's Deputy Director for
International Security and Disarmament Affairs, the office
responsible for UNSC matters.

4. (SBU) Emboffs underscored that UNMEE could no longer
function effectively given that neither Ethiopia nor Eritrea
supported it. Therefore, the United States would not support
a roll-over of UNMEE. The USG would instead urge the
Secretary General to work with Ethiopia and Eritrea to find a
way for the United Nations to support their normalized
relations. We urged Indonesia to adopt this position.

5. (SBU) DEPLU interlocutors said Indonesia had not yet
formulated a position on this issue. They promised to
consider USG views as GOI officials decided how to move
forward.

HUME

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