06MOSCOW12934, MFA NEGATIVE ON UNSC BURMA RESOLUTION

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MOSCOW12934 2006-12-14 15:44 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXYZ0001
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMO #2934 3481544
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 141544Z DEC 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5860
INFO RUEHGG/UN SECURITY COUNCIL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS PRIORITY 1827
RUEHJA/AMEMBASSY JAKARTA PRIORITY 0153
RUEHZP/AMEMBASSY PANAMA PRIORITY 0215
RUEHSA/AMEMBASSY PRETORIA PRIORITY 0273
RUEHGO/AMEMBASSY RANGOON PRIORITY 0044
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME PRIORITY 2748

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 012934 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/14/2016 
TAGS: PREL PHUM UNSC BM RS
SUBJECT: MFA NEGATIVE ON UNSC BURMA RESOLUTION 
 
REF: STATE 197809 
 
Classified By: Political M/C Alice G. Wells.  Reasons: 1.4(B/D). 
 
1.  (C)  In a December 14 discussion about reftel draft 
UNSCR, Vladimir Safronkov, Chief of the UN Political Affairs 
Section in the MFA's International Organizations Department, 
told us Russia's initial reaction was negative.  He 
acknowledged Russia had its own concerns about the situation 
in Burma and that U/SYG Gambari had asked for Security 
Council support.  However, the text went beyond supporting 
the mission and strayed into making far-reaching assessments. 
 Reiterating that the GOR did not consider the situation in 
Burma to pose a threat to international peace and security, 
he stressed that the draft text was "too much, too soon." 
 
2.  (C)   Safronkov suggested that the U.S. and other 
sponsors first consider a Presidential Statement before 
seeking a resolution and try to engage incoming SYG Ban 
Ki-Moon.  He noted that there were timing issues with seeking 
adoption in December, since this left at best a week to work 
on the draft.  The GOR was going to consult with the Chinese, 
who he thought would oppose the text. 
RUSSELL

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