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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09MANILA1567
2009-07-24 08:20
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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C O N F I D E N T I A L MANILA 001567

SIPDIS

STATE FOR IO/RHS COLLEEN NEVILLE
USUN FOR BRIAN YOUNG

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/23/2019
TAGS: PGOV PHUM PREL RP
SUBJECT: UPDATE ON DEMARCHE REQUEST SUPPORTING NGO PARTICIPATION AT THE UN

REF: A. MANILA 1419 (DEMARCHE DELIVERED – SUPPORTING NGO
INVOLVEMENT AT THE UNITED NATIONS)
¶B. STATE 68551 (DEMARCHE REQUEST: SUPPORTING NGO
INVOLVEMENT AT THE UNITED NATIONS)

Classified By: Acting Political Counselor Philip A. Thompson, Reasons 1
.4 (b) and (d).

¶1. (C) In a follow-up to reftel A, post inquired July 24 of
DFA’s Office of United Nations and International
Organizations (UNIO) Director Leah Ruiz if the Philippine
government had decided whether to support ECOSOC consultative
status for the Democracy Coalition Project, and deferral back
to the NGO Committee for the Dynamic Christian World Mission
Foundation. Director Ruiz said the DFA had already
transmitted instructions to its representative in Geneva to
“go with the consensus.” When emboff told the Director that
reports from Geneva indicate that a clear consensus might not
exist because of intense Chinese lobbying against the NGOs,
she seemed genuinely surprised, and revealed that
instructions to the Philippine representative in Geneva
included a requirement to report back to Manila any “sharp
divisions” on the issue. Director Ruiz said she has received
no feedback from Geneva, and stated she would try to find out
more about the situation there.

¶2. (C) Emboff reiterated reftel B points and underscored the
importance the U.S. places on Philippine support for the
involvement of the NGOs at the United Nations. Director Ruiz
appeared to be uneasy with the prospect of the Philippines
being placed in a position where its vote could make a
difference in a dispute between China and the United States,
and she did not indicate how the Philippines would vote if no
consensus on the NGOs emerges at ECOSOC. Post will continue
to engage with DFA to press for a positive outcome.
KENNEY

   

 

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