Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MANILA3784 2006-09-08 09:10 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Manila
DE RUEHML #3784 2510910
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 080910Z SEP 06
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2876
INFO RUEHUB/USINT HAVANA IMMEDIATE 0007
RHHMUNA/CDRUSPACOM HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE 0169
C O N F I D E N T I A L MANILA 003784
STATE FOR IO/UNP AND EAP/MTS
USPACOM ALSO FOR FPA HUSO
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/07/2016
TAGS: PREL UNGA PHUM CU RP
SUBJECT: NAM SUMMIT: PHILIPPINES TO PUSH GUATEMALAN UN SECURITY COUNCIL BID
REF: STATE 145242
Classified By: (U) Charge d’Affaires, a.i., Paul W. Jones
for reasons 1.4(b) and (d).
¶1. (C) Charge discussed reftel points September 5 with
Foreign Secretary Romulo. Romulo immediately volunteered to
lobby for Guatemala and to coordinate with the Guatemalan
delegation to build support for Guatemala’s Security Council
bid during the September 11-16 Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)
Summit. “We want Guatemala to win, not just receive our
vote,” he said. Romulo agreed with the thrust of the U.S.
points on terrorism, the Middle East, and Lebanon, and shared
our concerns about democracy in Cuba.
¶2. (C) Acting Political Counselor separately conveyed the
U.S. views in written form to Department of Foreign Affairs
Assistant Secretary for American Affairs Rey Carandang on
September 7. Carandang, who will be part of the Philippine
delegation to the Summit, confirmed that the Philippines
would muster support for Guatemala’s candidacy and work to
avoid having the NAM take a position in support of Venezuela.
He noted our points on the need for balanced language on the
Middle East and to avoid one-sided condemnations of Israel.
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