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SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/17/2016
TAGS: AORC PHUM PREL PREF ICRC RP IS
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR MEETS WITH PHILIPPINE RED CROSS CHAIRMAN ON RED CRYSTAL ISSUE

REF: STATE 63870

Classified By: Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney for reasons 1.4
(b) and (d).

¶1. (SBU) Per reftel, Ambassador met May 17 with Senator
Richard J. Gordon, Chairman and CEO of the Philippine
National Red Cross, to discuss the importance of the upcoming
meeting of the 29th International Conference of the Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies and its scheduled vote to
establish a new emblem (Red Crystal). The Ambassador
underscored the USG’s commitment to building upon the
positive results of the December 2005 conference, which paved
the way for the upcoming vote. Emphasizing the need for his
continuing support, Ambassador thanked Gordon for his
leadership on the Red Crystal issue, as well as for his
dedication to the Red Cross mission in the Philippines.

¶2. (C) Gordon stated his view that the December 2005 meeting
had produced an effective compromise in that the Red
Cross/Crescent statute may be amended to create the new
emblem, thus allowing Israel and the maximum number of other
countries to participate in the organization. Regarding the
June ballot itself, he stated his willingness to assist our
efforts to get as many “yes” votes as possible. However, in
a cautionary note, Gordon voiced his frustration that some
countries are opposing the amendments based solely on their
political opposition to the policies of Israel, stating, “the
Hamas election could be a complicating factor” and that,
“there are those who want to use the Red Cross Movement
politically.” Further, Gordon declined to make a prediction
on the ultimate outcome of the June vote.

¶3. (C) Senator Gordon has been a staunch U.S. ally across
the board, and is known for working hand-in-glove with the
USG in the past, such as during the aftermath of the February
17 landslide in Leyte Province that took the lives of over
1,000 people. During that crisis, Gordon publicly praised
the close cooperation between the Philippine National Red
Cross (PNRC) and the USG agencies that provided assistance.
Gordon is a prominent senator who has previously served as a
Cabinet secretary, city mayor, and Chairman of the Subic Bay
Metropolitan Authority. In his role as Chairman of the PNRC,
he has pushed it to become a more professional and proactive
organization. Characteristically hard-charging, we are sure
he will be a strong U.S. ally during the June conference.

¶4. (C) Gordon noted he will be traveling to Geneva in
mid-June for the general conference. We recommend that the
U.S. delegation reach out to him there as well. Mission
stands ready to further assist in any way we can.

Kenney

   

 

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