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Cablegate: Spain Seeks Us Support for Its Candidacy to the Un

Published: Fri 21 Oct 2005 03:31 PM
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211531Z Oct 05
UNCLAS MADRID 003692
SIPDIS
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM SP UNGA
SUBJECT: SPAIN SEEKS US SUPPORT FOR ITS CANDIDACY TO THE UN
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
1. (U) Post received the following diplomatic note from the
Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on October 20, 2005
seeking support for the candidacy of Spain to the Human
Rights Commission of the United Nations.
2. (U) Begin text of Spanish note:
14 October 2005
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
General Direction for the United Nations, Human Rights, and
Multilateral Organizations
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation sends
greetings to the Embassy of the United States of America and
has the honor of mentioning that the Government of Spain has
presented its candidacy to the Human Rights Commission for
the period 2007-2009, for one of the vacancies that will be
provided for in the elections planned at the time of the
ECOSOC meeting in Spring 2006.
The candidacy of Spain constitutes one more piece of evidence
of the firm commitment of the Government of Spain to the
promotion and protection of human rights on all levels.
During the past years, Spain has adopted a very active
position in this area, putting into practice innovative
measures directed towards guaranteeing real equality of
citizens and assuring the universal and effective enjoyment
of fundamental rights and liberties.
These measures, which have placed Spain among the principal
member states of the international community with respect to
the promotion and defense of human rights, are projected by a
dedicated commitment on the part of he Government of Spain
for multilateralism, in which the United Nations system
occupies a prominent place. On each of the three occasions
when Spain has been a member of the Human Rights Commission,
and during the periods as an observer, Spain has actively
participated in the work of the Commission, making obvious
its commitment to this forum. In this time of change and
reform of the United Nations, Spain is one of the countries
which works the most to make it so human rights continue to
hold a central role in the activities of the organization.
The Government of Spain, with the objective of giving
continuity and impetus to its unrenouncable commitment in
favor of human rights, would be very grateful for the
valuable support of the United States of America for its
candidacy.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation takes
advantage of this opportunity to reiterate to the Embassy of
the United States of America the testament of it most
distinguished consideration and esteem.
Embassy of the United States of America
Madrid
End text.
3. (U) Post has faxed a copy of the note to Spain desk.
AGUIRRE
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