Viewing cable 08REYKJAVIK109, ICELAND DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED ABOUT USG DECISION ON UN HUMAN
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|08REYKJAVIK109||2008-06-12 17:05||2011-01-13 05:05||UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY||Embassy Reykjavik|
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UNCLAS REYKJAVIK 000109 SENSITIVE SIPDIS DEPT FOR DRL/MLGA (Sicade), IO/RHS (Ostermeier), EUR/NB E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PHUM PREL IC SUBJECT: ICELAND DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED ABOUT USG DECISION ON UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL REF: STATE 061034 ¶1. (SBU) Pol Chief delivered reftel points to Ingibjorg Davidsdottir, Counsellor for Human Rights at the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs on 12 June. Davidsdottir, who had just returned the previous night from Human Rights Council meetings in Geneva, said that she was personally "deeply disappointed" at the U.S. decision. However, she added that she understood USG frustration with the Council. Davidsdottir said she would convey the points to the Foreign Minister and would pass on any official response. ¶2. (SBU) Additionally, Davidsdottir asked for any information as soon as it is available regarding the details of USG plans for strengthened engagement in other human rights institutions, as well as U.S. thoughts on what specific changes to the Council might make it possible for the U.S. to reevaluate the decision not to participate. VAN VOORST