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Cablegate: Ghana Response to Goldstone Report Demarche

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SUBJECT: GHANA RESPONSE TO GOLDSTONE REPORT DEMARCHE

REF: STATE 112828

1. (SBU) PolChief delivered reftel demarche November 4 to MFA
Director for Multilateral Affairs Beatrice Brobbey,
expressing the USG's serious concern regarding the Goldstone
Report, and urging Ghana to support the U.S. position on the
resolution likely to be proposed by the Arab Group and the
OIC during the November 4 discussion in the General Assembly.


2. (SBU) Brobbey said she would convey our views to the MFA
leadership and the Ghanaian delegation in New York, and
indicated that a final decision whether to support or oppose
a resolution would likely be made by Ghana's team in New York
(Note: The Ghanaian MFA is still working out of temporary
quarters in Accra's International Conference Center due to
the October 23 fire that destroyed most of the ministry.
Brobbey is working in a shared office with a cellphone, no
land-line telephone and no computer. Accordingly, the MFA's
ability to communicate with Ghana's diplomatic missions
appears to remain constrained. End Note). She said that the
General Assembly debate would influence Ghana's position, but
that it would also take into account the positions of other
members of the G-77, the African Union, and ECOWAS if such a
position is "consistent with Ghana's values." Brobbey noted
that Ghana takes a strong line in support of human rights,
and remains deeply concerned by the situation in Gaza.

3. (SBU) PolChief noted that the USG is also concerned by the
situation in Gaza, but that the Goldstone report presented a
one-sided account of the crisis without mentioning Hamas, and
that the Arab/OIC resolution may attempt to inappropriately
refer the Goldstone allegations to the Security Council, an
International Tribunal, or the International Criminal Court,
despite the fact that the Israeli government is investigating
the allegations. Brobbey indicated that the GOG would look
carefully at our concerns regarding process shortcomings in
the potential Arab/OIC resolution.

4. (SBU) Comment: Our sense from this conversation is that
the USG may have more success with the Ghanaian delegation in
New York if it focuses on process shortcomings in the
Goldstone Report's recommendations rather than the report's
substance. End Comment.
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