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Cablegate: Belgium: Outreach for Iran Universal Periodic

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P 041638Z FEB 10
FM AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS
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UNCLAS BRUSSELS 000136

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR EUR/WE, IO/RHS:CNEVILLE,AOSTERMEIER AND
DRL/MLGA:LSICADE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: IR PHUM PREL BE
SUBJECT: BELGIUM: OUTREACH FOR IRAN UNIVERSAL PERIODIC
REVIEW SESSION

REF: SECSTATE 07242

(U) Poloff delivered reftel points to Veronique Joosten,
Attach for International Organizations in the Human Rights
Department at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA),
on January 27. Joosten said that Belgium supports the U.S.
recommendations. She said that she had been directed to
prepare Universal Periodic Review questions for Belgium on
Iran covering "everything" by her boss, Lieke Biesemans, the
human rights deputy director at the MFA. However, she said
that the EU would soon be meeting to divide up the topic
questions on Iran to reduce any overlap with other EU
countries. She said that Belgium has "no idea" how to best
influence Iran to show greater respect for human rights.

GUTMAN
.

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