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Cablegate: Morocco's Response: 64th Unga, Third Committee

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SUBJECT: MOROCCO'S RESPONSE: 64TH UNGA, THIRD COMMITTEE
2009 HUMAN RIGHTS PRIORITIES

REF: STATE 108921


1. (SBU) PolOff delivered subject demarche to Abdelmounaim
El Farouq, Chief of the MFA's Division on Humanitarian and
Social Questions, Oct. 26. El Farouq said the GOM would
support the country-specific resolutions concerning Burma and
the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. El Farouq also
said the GOM would support our traditional biennial
resolution on free elections.

2. (SBU) Regarding the Organization of the Islamic
Conference's (OIC) resolution on the defamation of religions,
El Farouq could not give us a clear answer as to how the GOM
will vote. He pointed out that Morocco co-authored the
recent U.S.-Egypt Freedom of Expression resolution in the
Human Rights Council, and he stated that Morocco would try to
find a way not to contradict its position as expressed in
that resolution.

3. (SBU) On Iran, El Farouq said frankly that Morocco is in a
difficult position. Due to the recent severing of diplomatic
relations between Morocco and Iran, the GOM would tend to
support Canada's annual resolution. However, Morocco's
regional partners would expect the GOM to support their
consensus position. In light of this apparent contradiction,
El Farouq suggested that the GoM might be forced to make use
of the no-action motion to show some support for their fellow
OIC countries; this position could change if the issue comes
to a second vote.


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