06MOSCOW12917, DFM YAKOVENKO: “DISAPPOINTMENT” OVER US RAISING OF

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06MOSCOW12917 2006-12-13 16:37 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO4269
OO RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #2917 3471637
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 131637Z DEC 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5833
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUEHGG/UN SECURITY COUNCIL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 012917 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/13/2016 
TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM UNSC RS BO
SUBJECT: DFM YAKOVENKO: "DISAPPOINTMENT" OVER US RAISING OF 
BELARUS IN SECURITY COUNCIL 
 
 
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Daniel Russell: 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
1.  (C)  On December 13, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister 
Aleksandr Yakovenko called the Ambassador to register 
"concern and disappointment" over U.S. efforts in the 
Security Council to raise the plight of Belarusian opposition 
leader Aleksandr Kozulin, despite Belarus not being on the 
UNSC agenda.  Yakovenko said that the GOR sought to work 
effectively with the United States in the Security Council; 
in order to do so, he reiterated, both countries needed to 
coordinate on the agenda ahead of time.  Yakovenko 
underscored that he was calling on instructions from the 
Foreign Minister.  The Ambassador undertook to convey the GOR 
message. 
 
2.  (SBU)  At Yakovenko's request, acting Director of the 
International Organizations Department Vladimir Zayemskiy 
subsequently reviewed this issue in detail with the DCM. 
Zayemskiy stated that the U.S. at the December 12 Security 
Council consultative session had committed two procedural 
fouls.  First, the U.S. had insisted on raising Kozulin's 
plight despite the fact that Belarus was not on the agreed 
agenda for the meeting; the UNSC had a well-established 
procedure to fix the agenda for consultative sessions. 
Zayemskiy acknowledged that the U.S. representative had 
stated that he was acting under instruction from Washington. 
Second, Zayemskiy alleged that the U.S. had briefed 
journalists on the consultative session and its attempts to 
raise Kozulin's plight; the consultative sessions are closed 
door meetings and the established procedure is that, if there 
is to be a press statement, it is agreed to by participants 
at the session. 
 
3.  (SBU)  Zayemskiy emphasized that the U.S. and Russia 
almost never had procedural differences at the Security 
Council.  He claimed, in fact, that U.S. and Russian 
positions on UN procedural issues were very close.  Zayemskiy 
urged that, whatever our differences on substance, our 
longtime productive working relationship at the UNSC 
benefited from mutual observance of well-established 
procedures, to which both of our delegations should strictly 
adhere. 
BURNS

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