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Cablegate: Demarche Response On the Goldstone Report

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IO/HR, PAUL KRUCHOWSKI; IO/UNP, ANDREW MORRISON; NEA/IPA,
JEFFREY GIAUQUE; USUN NY, ELLEN GERMAIN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM SF
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE RESPONSE ON THE GOLDSTONE REPORT

REF: STATE 112828

1. On November 3, poloff made phone contact with Pitso
Montwedi, Chief Director for Human Rights and Humanitarian
Affairs at the South African Department of International
Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), to advise of the U.S.
message (reftel). Mr. Montwedi was engaged in meetings in
New York, but he agreed to receive talking points by fax at
the South African Consulate there. Paragraph 10 points were
duly formatted as a non-paper and faxed. On November 4,
poloff received an email from a Consulate employee saying the
points had been shared with the SAG mission to the U.N.

2. In the absence of a reply, post advises that based on
past impressions and conversations we anticipate South Africa
will likely support the resolution to be presented in the
November 4 debate, in any form endorsing the Goldstone
Report. Post feels there is little likelihood of our
changing the South African position.

GIPS

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