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Cablegate: Gom Likely to Vote No On Defamation of Religion

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SUBJECT: GOM Likely to Vote No on Defamation of Religion

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1. Poloff conveyed USG concerns (per reftel) on the UNGA resolution
on "combating defamation of religion" to Elia del Carmen Sosa
Nishzaki, Mexican Foreign Ministry Director of Elimination of
Discrimination. Though the GOM had abstained from voting on
defamation of religion resolutions in previous years, Mexico voted
against the resolution in Third Committee this year. Sosa told
Poloff that the Foreign Ministry will likely maintain that vote in
the plenary. According to Sosa, the GOM changed its vote because it
viewed the language as problematic.

2. Representatives of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and
Labor (DRL) met with Mexican and Canadian delegations in Mexico City
September 9. According to Sosa, Joseph Cassidy, Director of
Multilateral and Global Affairs proposed alterations to the text
during this meeting. Sosa asserted that Mexico was prepared to help
in finding a solution along these lines and recruiting more
countries to vote against the resolution next year.

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