06MOSCOW12592, RUSSIAN MFA ON DRAFT IRAQ UNSCR

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MOSCOW12592 2006-11-22 14:56 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXYZ0011
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMO #2592 3261456
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 221456Z NOV 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5389
INFO RUEHGG/UN SECURITY COUNCIL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD PRIORITY 0147

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 012592 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/22/2016 
TAGS: PREL UNSC IZ RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIAN MFA ON DRAFT IRAQ UNSCR 
 
REF: A. STATE 188249 
 
     B. STATE 188677 
 
Classified By: Political M/C Alice G. Wells.  Reasons: 1.4(B/D). 
 
1.  (C)  We shared reftel documentation, including the draft 
Iraq UNSCR, on November 21 with Vladimir Safronkov, Chief of 
the UN Political Affairs Section in the MFA's International 
Organizations Department.  Safronkov said that Russia had no 
problem with the draft in principle and had so instructed the 
Russian UN Mission.  The UK Embassy here had heard much the 
same when they approached the MFA on November 17. 
 
2.  (C)  Safronkov noted that Moscow would have preferred a 
more comprehensive "political" resolution over what is 
essentially a technical rollover, but understood why the U.S. 
and UK preferred the latter approach at this time.  While the 
bare bones resolution would work, Russia would like to see 
the draft incorporate elements that encouraged an inclusive 
political process in Iraq and underlined the responsibility 
of Iraqi and Coalition forces to protect diplomats and 
humanitarian workers in Iraq.  Safronkov stressed that Moscow 
was still focused on bringing to justice those responsible 
for murdering four Russian diplomats in Iraq during this past 
summer.  He flagged UNMOVIC's future as an issue the Russians 
would pursue separately. 
BURNS

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