07MOSCOW2063, GOR SEEKS DISCUSSIONS ON P-5 GENTLEMEN’S AGREEMENT

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MOSCOW2063 2007-05-04 13:45 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO5795
RR RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #2063 1241345
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 041345Z MAY 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 9938
INFO RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 002063 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/04/2017 
TAGS: PREL UNSC KTIA RS
SUBJECT: GOR SEEKS DISCUSSIONS ON P-5 GENTLEMEN'S AGREEMENT 
 
 
Classified By: Ambassador William Burns.  Reasons 1.4 (b and d). 
 
1.  (C) In a May 4 meeting with the Ambassador on U.S. 
assistance (septel), DFM Aleksandr Yakovenko requested that 
the P-5 "gentlemen's agreement" on supporting nominees for 
various UN boards be discussed at the next international 
organization political directors meeting.  Yakovenko said 
that the GOR wanted to raise the issue after Britain and 
France failed to support the Russian candidate for the 
Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues.  The Russian candidate 
had been elected by one vote, and Yakovenko said that the 
Western European Group had unanimously voted against him. 
 
2.  (C) Britain and France's lack of support was so obvious 
that it called into question whether the gentlemen's 
agreement still held, Yakovenko said.  The GOR supported the 
agreement and wanted to continue it but if other P-5 members 
felt differently, then it needed to be discussed and a 
decision taken on its future. 
BURNS

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