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Cablegate: Goldstone Report: Ethiopia Noncommittal

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SUBJECT: GOLDSTONE REPORT: ETHIOPIA NONCOMMITTAL

REF: STATE 112828

(SBU) Pol/Econ Counselor delivered reftel demarche to Ababew
Feleke, chief of MFA's Directorate of International
Organizations, on November 3. Ethiopia being very sensitive
to outside interference in its own affairs, post emphasized
para 10 points on the possibility of Israeli actions being
subject to the extraterritorial jurisdiction of other
national or international courts. Ababew was aware that the
Human Rights Council had commissioned an investigation of the
December-January Gaza conflict but had not reviewed the
Goldstone report. He absorbed the demarche appeal to oppose
any UNGA resolution containing any of our listed offensive
elements, but replied only that he would raise the matter
with Ethiopia's New York Mission and within his own ministry.
(NOTE. Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Seyoum Mesfin
is leading a large delegation to official bilateral meetings
in Washington on November 5. END NOTE.) As of Embassy COB
on November 5, Ababew had provided no clarification of
Ethiopia's position.
MUSHINGI

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