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Cablegate: Korea to Follow Eu Lead On Goldstone Report Unga

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IO/HR, PAUL KRUCHOWSKI; IO/UNP, ANDREW MORRISION AND
NEA/IPA, JEFFREY GIAUQUE; AND USUN NEW YORK, ELLEN GERMAIN

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SUBJECT: KOREA TO FOLLOW EU LEAD ON GOLDSTONE REPORT UNGA
DISCUSSION

1. (SBU) Poloff delivered reftel demarche on 11/4 to Cho
Tae-ick, Director of MOFAT's Human Rights and Social Affairs
Division, urging the ROK to vote against any resolution on
the Goldstone Report that included counterproductive
elements. Director Cho thanked us for the update on the USG
position and said the ROK was similarly concerned that,
broadly speaking, the UNGA discussion would "not be helpful"
in getting the Peace Process back on track. Cho, who had
just come from a meeting about the Goldstone Report,
emphasized the ROK would again look to follow the EU's lead;
it was unlikely, he acknowledged, that the EU would reach
consensus about how to proceed. Cho pledged to relay our
points immediately to the ROK UN Mission in New York.
STEPHENS

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