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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09MANILA2311
2009-11-04 09:39
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS IMMEDIATE
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE 0340
C O N F I D E N T I A L MANILA 002311

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR IO/HR – KRUCHOWSKI; IO/UNP – MORRISON;
NEA/IPA – GIAUQUE
USUN NEW YORK FOR GERMAIN

E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/04/2019
TAGS: PREL PHUM PTER KPAL IS RP
SUBJECT: THE GOLDSTONE REPORT: PHILIPPINE VIEWS

REF: STATE 112828

Classified By: Political Counselor Thomas B. Gibbons, reason: 1.4 (b) a
nd (d).

¶1. (C) Post delivered reftel talking points on the Goldstone
Report to Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Director for UN
and IO affairs Leah Ruiz on November 4. Ruiz explained that
the DFA in Manila had not yet received from its UN mission a
report on the upcoming UNGA debate and resolution. Not yet
having seen the draft resolution, the DFA had not yet
formulated a position on it.

¶2. (C) Ruiz sought to explain the reasoning behind the
Philippines’ October 16 vote at the Special Session of the UN
Human Rights Council in favor of the resolution that, among
other elements, endorsed the Goldstone report, and to make
that point that the previous vote and any future vote were
not necessarily connected in DFA’s view. Ruiz said that the
October 16 vote was consistent with the Philippines’
longstanding position on Palestine. As a supporter of human
rights, the GRP felt it appropriate to highlight violations
by both sides. A Philippine government public statement
subsequent to the HRC vote explained the Philippines sought
to advocate a balanced position in favor of a Middle East
peace process based on a two-state solution, Ruiz said.

¶3. (C) However, Ruiz went on to stress that the Philippine
government did not intend through its HRC vote to endorse the
Goldstone report’s contents, only to welcome its submission.
She stated that the USG should not interpret the October 16
vote as indicating the Philippines would also oppose the U.S.
position in the UNGA vote, since the UNGA resolution would
entail different elements than the HRC resolution. Taking
note of potential elements of the UNGA resolution that would
be unacceptable to the USG, Ruiz agreed that the allegations
in the Goldstone report should not / not be referred to the
UNSC or to the International Criminal Court. She stressed
that the Philippines felt strongly that states should respect
the mandates of UN bodies and other international
organizations and should not attempt to place inappropriate
matters before them.
KENNEY

   

 

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