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Cablegate: Ukraine: Un Human Rights Council 12th Session

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SUBJECT: UKRAINE: UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 12TH SESSION

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1. (SBU) Embassy delivered reftel demarche on U.S. priorities
for the Human Rights Council 12th Session on September 11.
The recipient was the MFA desk officer responsible for the UN
Human Rights Council, Sviatlana Tereverten. She thanked us
for providing this information to the GOU in advance of the
meeting. She could not commit the GOU's support to our draft
resolution on freedom of expression, but promised to have it
reviewed and send comments during the week of September 14.

2. (SBU) Tereverten underscored that Ukraine does not, as a
policy, co-sponsor country-specific resolutions in the UNHRC.
The EU has also solicited GOU support for the resolutions on
Somalia, Burundi and Cambodia.

3. (SBU) Tereverten informed us that the GOU will not sponsor
resolutions during the meeting. It too is committed to
strengthening the HRC and will focus most attention on
measures to build the capacity of the institution.
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