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Cablegate: Russia Does Not Have a Position On the Unesco

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PP RUEHAP RUEHFL RUEHGI RUEHGR RUEHKN RUEHKR RUEHMA RUEHMJ RUEHMR
RUEHPA RUEHPB RUEHQU RUEHRN RUEHSK
DE RUEHMO #3685 3541127
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 191127Z DEC 08
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1258
INFO RUCNSCO/UNESCO COLLECTIVE
RUEHEG/AMEMBASSY CAIRO 0258

UNCLAS MOSCOW 003685

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL UNESCO EG RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIA DOES NOT HAVE A POSITION ON THE UNESCO
DIRECTOR-GENERAL ELECTION

REF: STATE 130916

We delivered reftel points on December 19 to the Executive
Secretary of the MFA's Commission on UNESCO Affairs, Grigoriy
Ordzhonikidze, who said that the GOR did not yet have a
position on Egyptian Minister of Culture Frouk Hosni's
candidacy for UNESCO Director-General. He stressed that the
GOR was still undecided as to whom to support for the
position, despite the fact that Hosni had said in a public
statement that Russia would support his candidacy.
Ordzhonikidze said that the GOR understood that Lithuania and
Bulgaria would be nominating candidates, and he looked
forward to discussing with us the merits of these and other
possible candidates in the coming year.
BEYRLE

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