07TBILISI2644, GEORGIA: UNGA THIRD COMMITTEE RESOLUTIONS DEMARCHE

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07TBILISI2644 2007-10-25 08:41 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tbilisi

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SUBJECT: GEORGIA:  UNGA THIRD COMMITTEE RESOLUTIONS DEMARCHE 
 
REF: SECSTATE 145641 
 
1.  Per reftel request, Poloff delivered talking points to 
Alexander Nalbandov, Director of the Department of 
International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign 
Affairs.  On the issue of "no-action" motions, Nalbandov said 
that it was Georgia's policy not to support no-action motions 
and they would always vote against them.  He added that the 
GoG believed that it was important each resolution be debated 
on its substance, in line with the U.S. position. 
 
2.  (SBU) Regarding the country specific resolutions on the 
human rights records of Burma, Iran, Belarus and North Korea, 
Nalbandov said that human rights is a top priority for the 
Georgian government and the issue of human rights violations 
in other countries is important for Georgia.  He added, 
however, that he had recently discussed the Iran resolution 
with Georgian Ambassador to the UN, Irakli Alasania, who is 
in Tbilisi for consultations, and it was agreed that Georgia 
would abstain from voting on it.  Poloff emphasized that the 
Iran resolution was a top priority for the U.S. and asked 
that Georgia consider voting for the resolution.  Nalbandov 
replied that Georgia would most likely support the country 
specific resolutions for Burma, North Korea and Belarus, but 
he would have to consult with other government officials 
before he could confirm Georgian support (Note: Of the three, 
the Belarus resolution might be most problematic, as the 
Georgian government has recently opened an Embassy there and 
both sides have publicly stated their desire to improve 
bilateral relations.  End note). 
 
3.  Nalbandov said that Georgia "absolutely" favors any 
resolution calling for a moratorium on the death penalty. 
Georgia abolished the death penalty in 1997, he said, and has 
signed and ratified both EU Convention on Human Rights 
protocols calling for the abolition of the death penalty 
during peace and wartime. 
 
4.  Nalbandov was not aware of the U.S.-sponsored resolution 
in support of the UN Elections Program.  He said he would 
check with the Georgian mission at the UN, but added that he 
did not think there would be any problem for Georgia to 
support the Resolution. 
TEFFT

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