07MOSCOW584, UNHCR COMPLETES INTERVIEWS OF NORTH KOREANS

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07MOSCOW584 2007-02-09 11:17 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXYZ0000
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMO #0584 0401117
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
R 091117Z FEB 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7329
INFO RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 4174
RUEHBK/AMEMBASSY BANGKOK 0726
RUEHUM/AMEMBASSY ULAANBAATAR 0233
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL 2647
RUEHSH/AMCONSUL SHENYANG 0036
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 4997

S E C R E T MOSCOW 000584 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/08/2017 
TAGS: PREF PREL PHUM PGOV RS KN
SUBJECT: UNHCR COMPLETES INTERVIEWS OF NORTH KOREANS 
 
REF: MOSCOW 211 
 
Classified By: Political Minister-Counselor Alice Wells. 
Reasons 1.4 (b and d). 
 
 1. (S) UNHCR has completed its interviews of the North 
Koreans asylum seekers that arrived in Moscow in January and 
is finalizing its assessments of their cases (reftel).  UNHCR 
Senior Protection Officer Gang Li said that all of them had 
indicated they had wanted to be resettled to the United 
States. 
 
2.  (S) Li said the most pressing issue would be how to 
approach the GOR about these cases.  UNHCR Moscow and UNHCR 
headquarters were discussing next steps, and acting UNHCR 
Moscow Representative Wolfgang Mizlow would seek guidance 
during consultations in Geneva, Li said.  He added that he 
had advocated that the GOR should be notified quickly in the 
interest of transparency.  We agreed that having UNHCR 
initially approach the GOR would be less likely to raise 
Russian sensitivities, in that this would follow the standard 
operating procedures UNHCR and the GOR used in dealing with 
North Koreans. 
 
3.  (S) Li added that he had spoken to the ROK Embassy about 
these cases, telling ROK diplomats that the North Koreans 
wished to go to the U.S.  The South Koreans had expressed no 
further interest, he said. 
 
4.  (S) COMMENT:  The introduction of the U.S. as a 
destination country for North Koreans will likely raise GOR 
suspicions.  Overcoming them will require a transparent and 
patient approach.  The GOR has had an excellent working 
relationship with UNHCR in resettling North Koreans to South 
Korea.  The more we consistently we follow that model, the 
better our chances of getting GOR cooperation. 
BURNS

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