06MOSCOW5741, RUSSIA SHARES TRILATERAL CONCERNS ABOUT UN

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06MOSCOW5741 2006-05-31 13:22 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXYZ0007
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMO #5741 1511322
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 311322Z MAY 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6754
INFO RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA PRIORITY 0640
RUEHWL/AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON PRIORITY 0152
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0231
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 4848

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 005741 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/31/2016 
TAGS: PREL PHUM AORC UN RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIA SHARES TRILATERAL CONCERNS ABOUT UN 
DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES 
 
REF: A. STATE 78740 
     B. MOSCOW 2864 
 
Classified By: Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs Kirk Augustine. 
  For Reasons 1.4 (B/D). 
 
1.  (C)  Responding to a May 26 demarche (ref A) by 
Australian, New Zealand and U.S. emboffs on the draft UN 
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (DRIP), 
Grigoriy Lukyantsev, Head of the UN Division of the MFA's 
Department of Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights said 
that Moscow had procedural and substantive objections to the 
draft text.  Moscow thought that acceptance of the so-called 
consensus text would set a bad precedent for the newly formed 
UN Human Rights Council.  It did not reflect a consensus on 
the controversial subject matter, but instead reflected the 
Working Group Chairman's proclivities. 
 
2.  (C)  According to Lukyantsev, Moscow objected to the 
treatment of the issues of self-determination, territorial 
integrity and control of land and natural resources.  Russia 
would likely vote against the draft if it were brought to a 
vote, but Lukyantsev indicated Russia was not looking to 
assume the lead in opposing DRIP.  He suggested that our 
respective delegations in Geneva coordinate a joint approach 
to avoid a vote, renew the Working Group's mandate, and send 
the text back to the Group. 
BURNS

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