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Cablegate: Mauritius Largely Supportive of U.S. Un Third

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AF/E OR MARIA BEYZEROV
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DRL/MLGA FOR CHRIS SIBILLA

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TAGS: PHUM PREL UN MP
SUBJECT: MAURITIUS LARGELY SUPPORTIVE OF U.S. UN THIRD
COMMITTEE 2009 PRIORITIES

REF: SECSTATE 109397

(SBU) On October 26, Poloff delivered reftel points to
Ambassador Patrice Cure, Head of Multilateral Directorate -
Political, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration
and International Trade. Cure began the discussion with what
he called the hard topic of Iran. He stated that Mauritius
would not be willing to adopt anything "pointing the finger"
at Iran, but would maintain a "principled line." When Poloff
stressed the executions, detentions and especially the severe
limits on freedoms of expression after the June elections in
Iran, Cure remained steadfast that Mauritius' stance was not
in line with the U.S. viewpoint. On the issues of Burma and
DPRK, Cure confirmed that Mauritius would continue to support
the EU resolutions on human rights in those countries. Cure
sees "no-action motions" as detrimental when used as
obstacles to procedural methods. However, Mauritius will
have to view these on a case-by-case basis, and regional
groups like the AU could play a role in its position, he
said. Mauritius will also continue to support our biennial
resolution on free elections. In regards to the defamation
of religions resolution, Cure explained that Mauritius had
changed its position from supporting this resolution to
abstaining and expected to continue down this path. When
Poloff pushed back, Cure noted that the movement in the
direction the U.S. desired (away from full support) had been
influenced by U.S. arguments, but indicated that there are
domestic political reasons for not moving to full opposition.
On the Rights of the Child, Cure indicated that Mauritius
will be interested in learning what changes the U.S.
proposes. He had no substantive comment on the resolution on
Discrimination Against Women.
BLASER

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