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Viewing cable 07REYKJAVIK276, ICELAND: LIKELY SUPPORT FOR GAER IN COMMITTEE AGAINST

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07REYKJAVIK276 2007-09-21 17:05 2011-01-13 05:05 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Reykjavik
VZCZCXRO4626
PP RUEHAG RUEHAST RUEHDA RUEHDBU RUEHDF RUEHFL RUEHIK RUEHKW RUEHLA
RUEHLN RUEHLZ RUEHPOD RUEHROV RUEHSR RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHRK #0276 2641712
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 211712Z SEP 07
FM AMEMBASSY REYKJAVIK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3445
INFO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0084
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 0045
RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
UNCLAS REYKJAVIK 000276 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR IO/RHS, L/HRR, DRL, EUR/NB 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PHUM PREL UNGA IC
SUBJECT: ICELAND: LIKELY SUPPORT FOR GAER IN COMMITTEE AGAINST 
TORTURE ELECTION 
 
REFS: A) STATE 107679 
  B) REYKJAVIK 
  C) STATE 130973 
 
1.  (SBU) On September 20, Post reiterated to the Icelandic Ministry 
for Foreign Affairs the importance the USG places on Felice Gaer's 
election to the UN Committee Against Torture (Ref C).  MFA 
Minister-Counsellor for International Organization Affairs Nikulas 
Hannigan repeated the position reported Ref B that Iceland favors 
Gaer's candidacy but has not yet taken a final decision. 
 
2.  (SBU) Comment:  In response to Ref C questions, Post notes that 
Iceland has a consistent pattern in recent years of supporting U.S. 
candidates for UN human rights-related bodies.  Post believes 
Iceland will vote for Gaer in this case and that a senior-level 
phone call will not be necessary to secure this support.  Engagement 
on the margins of UNGA with Foreign Minister Ingibjorg Solrun 
Gisladottir (who will be attending the Secretary's Transatlantic 
Dinner on September 26 as well as the Women Leaders' Working Group 
Breakfast on September 28) or Permanent Secretary of State Gretar 
Mar Sigurdsson would not be counter-productive, however. 
 
KLOPFENSTEIN