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E.O. 12958: DECL: AFTER 2006 UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY TAGS: PHUM, PREL, UNGA, RO SUBJECT: ROMANIA SUPPORTS U.S. ON BELARUS, COUNTRY SPECIFIC RESOLUTIONS
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B. BUCHAREST 1705 C. SECSTATE 184178 D. SECSTATE 182267 E. GENEVA 2913
Classified By: POLITICAL COUNSELOR TED TANOUE FOR REASONS 1.4(B) and (D ).
(C) Following up on ref b demarche, Deputy Political Counselor obtained from MFA Human Rights Desk more specificity regarding Romania's position on Belarus's anti-U.S. counter-resolution (refs a, c and d). Human Rights Desk officer Elisabeta David confirmed on November 16 that Romania would vote against the Belarus counter-resolution, and would seek to co-sponsor the country-specific resolutions raised in the original U.S. demarche. Deputy Political Counselor thanked Romania for its position on the Belarus counter-resolution and also for supporting the U.S. in voting against the anti-Israeli resolution at the Human Rights Council's Third Special Session (ref d). David underscored the importance of creating "better balance" within the UN framework, and regretted the HRC outcome as a "discredit" to the international process. TAPLIN