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Cablegate: Sri Lanka Will Support U.S. Candidate for Election

Published: Tue 7 Nov 2006 12:19 PM
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DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INS AND IO/UNP
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL UNGA CE
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA WILL SUPPORT U.S. CANDIDATE FOR ELECTION
TO INTERNATIONAL LAW COMMISSION
REF: A. STATE 180503
B. STATE 137429
This message is sensitive but unclassified.
(SBU) Pol Chief delivered ref (A) demarche to MFA Additional
Secretary for Multilateral Affairs Maduwedegera via
SIPDIS
diplomatic note on November 6 and followed up in person on
November 7. Maduwedegera confirmed that Sri Lanka will
support Michael Matheson for re-election to the International
Law Commission (ILC). He also requested U.S. support for Sri
Lanka's candidate for an Asian seat on the ILC, MFA legal
advisor Dr. Rohan Perera. Pol Chief replied that we could
not make any commitment to support Dr. Perera, but that we
were familiar with his work and reputation, and we would
forward the request for support to Washington for further
consideration. Post will send bio information on Perera
septel.
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