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Cablegate: Goa Shares Usg Concerns On Goldstone Report, Will

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FM AMEMBASSY VIENNA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3510
INFO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE 0336

UNCLAS VIENNA 001413

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DEPARTMENT FOR IO/HR (KRUCHOWSKI), IO/UNP (MORRISON), AND
NEA/IPA; USUN NEW YORK FOR ELLEN GERMAIN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PHUM PTER IS KPAL AU
SUBJECT: GOA SHARES USG CONCERNS ON GOLDSTONE REPORT, WILL
LIKELY ABSTAIN ON UNGA RESOLUTION

REF: A. STATE 112828
B. VIENNA 1333

Polchief provided reftel A points by non-paper November 3 to
Friedrich Stift, MFA Middle East Director, and discussed the
issue with Stift November 4. Stift said the GOA shares USG
concerns about elements of the Goldstone Report and about the
likely content of a resolution that would be introduced in
the UNGA. Without getting into possible textual elements,
Stift said Austria, along with most or all other EU members,
would likely abstain on a resolution introduced at the UNGA
November 4 by the Arab Group and others. He said the GOA
continues to believe the Goldstone Report should be addressed
at the Human Rights Council and not the UNSC. Stift said he
had conveyed the USG position to Austrian officials in New
York.
EACHO

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