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Cablegate: Australia Supports U.S. Position On Goldstone

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SUBJECT: AUSTRALIA SUPPORTS U.S. POSITION ON GOLDSTONE
REPORT

REF: STATE 106423

1. (SBU) SUMMARY: Australia will support the U.S. position
on the Goldstone Report (State 106423) and will instruct its
UN Missions in New York and Geneva to coordinate with their
U.S. counterparts. DFAT Security Council Task Force Head
Bassim Blazey, who is acting First Assistant Secretary for
IO, told us October 14 that he would instruct the Australian
Mission in New York to look for an opportunity to speak at
the UNSC Open Debate. END SUMMARY.

2. (SUB) Pol/EconCouns delivered the demarche (State 106423)
to Acting 1st Assistant Secretary for International
Organizations, Bassim Blazey. Blazey was receptive and
indicated Australia's willingness to work with the United
States on this issue.

3. (SBU) According to Blazey, Australia will instruct its
U.N. delegations in New York and Geneva to coordinate with
the U.S. delegations prior to the Security Council Meeting on
the 14th of October and the Human Rights Committee on the
15th and 16th. Australia will support the U.S. position on
the Gladstone Report and the peace process, and that will
oppose any effort to have the Security Council take up the
issue. Blazey agreed that he would encourage the Australian
delegation to try and find an opportunity to speak during the
open debate at the Security Council.

CLUNE

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