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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09MANILA436
2009-02-27 08:23
2011-08-30 01:44
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Embassy Manila

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UNCLAS MANILA 000436

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KNNP PARM IAEA MNUC PREL PGOV TRGY IR SYR RP
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINES STUDYING IAEA REPORTS ON IRAN AND SYRIA

REF: STATE 16285

¶1. (SBU) In a February 26 discussion with Department of
Foreign Affairs (DFA) Director Leah Ruiz of the Office of
United Nations and Other International Organizations (UNIO),
Post stressed reftel points and urged the Philippines to
issue strong statements calling on Iran to implement its
international nuclear obligations without delay and demanding
that Syria cooperate with the IAEA’s investigation.

¶2. (SBU) Director Ruiz said the Philippine government is
studying Director General ElBaradei’s latest report on Iran
and Syria’s nuclear programs. She assured Post that the
Philippine government appreciates the gravity of the
situation and will carefully consider the U.S. position in
formulating its position in advance of next week’s IAEA Board
of Governors meeting. The Director was also receptive to the
idea of voting to make the IAEA report on Syria public, but
added that the Philippines has not made a final decision on
that matter.

¶3. (SBU) Given the Philippine government’s strong preference
for achieving consensus in any international discussions, it
is likely that it will take a wait-and-see approach at the
Board of Governors meeting to determine the majority view
before committing itself. The Philippine government will
also probably try to avoid supporting any action that would
risk alienating either Iran or Syria unless such action is
the result of a clear consensus among the other board members
that would provide political cover for the Philippines.
KENNEY

   

 

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