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Cablegate: Rwanda On No-Action Motions On Iran, Burma, Dprk

Published: Wed 12 Nov 2008 03:57 PM
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SUBJECT: RWANDA ON NO-ACTION MOTIONS ON IRAN, BURMA, DPRK
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1.(SBU) Pol/Econ Chief spoke on November 12 with Rwandan
Foreign Ministry International Organizations Director Ben
Rutsinga on the three UN Third Committee no-action motions
pending on Iran, Burma and North Korea. As he has in the
past, Rutysinga indicated that Rwanda often abstains on such
motions, or does not participate, given Rwanda's "skeletal"
staff in New York, and their inability to keep abreast of the
full range of issues and votes at play at the UN. He did
agree that there was no Africa Group position on any of the
three no-action motions, and that Rwanda's general preference
was for human rights resolutions to be debated and voted
upon, rather than be short-circuited by no-action motions.
He did not indicate exactly how Rwanda would vote on any of
the three motions, but said that efforts to engage Rwanda's
UN Representative would be useful.
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