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Cablegate: Latvia Likely to Abstain On Goldstone Vote

Published: Wed 4 Nov 2009 01:44 PM
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R 041344Z NOV 09
FM AMEMBASSY RIGA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6125
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0115
RUEHTV/AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV 0269
RUEHJM/AMCONSUL JERUSALEM 0024
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DEPARTMENT FOR IO/HR, PAUL KRUCHOWSKI, IO/UNP, ANDREW
MORRISON, NEA/IPA, JEFFREY GIAUQUE, EUR/CE JAMIE MOORE, AND
USUN NEW YORK, ELLEN GERMAIN.
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PHUM PTER KPAL LG
SUBJECT: LATVIA LIKELY TO ABSTAIN ON GOLDSTONE VOTE
REF: STATE 112828
(SBU) PolOff delivered reftel demarche to Inese Freimane-Deksne,
head of the Human Rights Section of the MFA International
Organizations Department, on November 4. Freimane-Deksne indicated
that discussions were still ongoing on a possible EU consensus
position. If a consensus did not emerge, she reported that Latvia
is "likely" to abstain in any vote on the Goldstone Report. She
expressed support for many of our points, but was unwilling to
commit to more than an abstention.
GARBER
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