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Cablegate: Bhutan Declines Invitation to Run for Human Rights

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TAGS: PHUM PREL IR IN
SUBJECT: BHUTAN DECLINES INVITATION TO RUN FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
COUNCIL SEAT

REF: SECSTATE 90247

1. (SBU) Poloff delivered ref A demarche to Political
Counsellor Tenxin Rondel Wangchuk on September 2, urging the
Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) to consider sponsoring a
candidate for a seat on the 2010 UN Human Rights Council
(HRC). During a September 4 meeting, Wangchuk informed
PolOff that the RGoB appreciated the invitation of the United
States to run for a seat on the HRC, but due to a prior
commitment next year as host of the 16th South Asian
Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, they
will not be able to sponsor a candidate at this time.
Wangchuk left open the possibility for future collaboration
within the HRC.
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