US embassy cable - 02TEGUCIGALPA2523

HONDURAS GENERALLY SUPPORTIVE OF U.S. GOALS FOR 57TH UNGA; WILL SUPPORT WEDGWOOD HR COMMITTEE CANDIDACY

Identifier: 02TEGUCIGALPA2523
Wikileaks: View 02TEGUCIGALPA2523 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Tegucigalpa
Created: 2002-09-10 15:16:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PREL AORC PHUM ECON OTRA HO UNGA UN
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UNCLAS TEGUCIGALPA 002523 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR IO/UNP, IO/PPC, WHA/PPC, AND WHA/CEN 
USUN FOR BLACKSHAW 
NSC FOR BANBURY 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL, AORC, PHUM, ECON, OTRA, HO, UNGA, UN 
SUBJECT: HONDURAS GENERALLY SUPPORTIVE OF U.S. GOALS FOR 
57TH UNGA; WILL SUPPORT WEDGWOOD HR COMMITTEE CANDIDACY 
 
REF: A. TEGUCIGALPA 2517 
     B. TEGUCIGALPA 2516 
     C. STATE 169228 
     D. STATE 167230 AND PREVIOUS 
     E. FLECK/LANG E-MAIL AUGUST 6 
     F. STATE 133355 
     G. TEGUCIGALPA 2140 
     H. TEGUCIGALPA 2116 
     I. STATE 126082 
     J. STATE 125639 
 
1.  EmbOffs have demarched MFA officials several times in 
August/September on U.S. goals for the 57th UNGA and the GOH 
will be generally supportive.  Post has the following 
comments about the GOH positions on key issues raised in ref 
F, in addition to those included in ref E e-mail: 
-- On counterterrorism cooperation, President Ricardo Maduro 
has been very supportive of the USG, and the GOH has worked 
closely with the Embassy on the issue of terrorist assets. 
Unfortunately the GOH has not provided a counterterrorism 
coordinator (ref I), nor has it taken any concrete steps 
since September 11 to become a party to the seven outstanding 
international conventions/protocols and two OAS conventions 
(1971 and 2002) against terrorism, except for signing the 
Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings and the 
new OAS convention (ref J).  The GOH has still not sent the 
UN its counterterrorism report in response to UNSCR 1373. 
-- On Middle East Peace, the GOH, which has diplomatic 
relations with both Israel and Egypt, is likely to seek a 
middle road on the issue. 
-- The GOH is very interested in the Millennium Challenge 
Account, a topic of discussion during WHA A/S Reich's August 
28-29 trip to Honduras. 
-- On candidacies, the MFA informed the Embassy September 9 
that the GOH would support the candidacy of Ruth Wedgwood to 
the UN Human Rights Committee (ref D).  The GOH had 
previously informed the Embassy that it would support the 
candidacy of Susan McLurg to the ACABQ (see ref H).  The GOH 
also has a candidate for the UN Human Rights Committee. 
 
2.  Post notes that contrary to ref G, Honduran President 
Ricardo Maduro will not attend UNGA.  The GOH will be 
represented by Foreign Minister Guillermo Perez-Cadalso 
Arias, as detailed in refs A and B. 
PIERCE 

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