Viewing cable 05PANAMA1025
Title: PANAMA UNCHR DEMARCHE: GOP LIKELY TO SUPPORT U.S.

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05PANAMA10252005-05-06 21:15:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Panama
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UNCLAS PANAMA 001025 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR WHA/CEN 
IO/SHA FOR SMEHRA 
S/UNR FOR JGERAN 
USUN FOR MZACK 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PHUM PGOV PREL PM UNGA POLITICS FOREIGN POLICY
SUBJECT: PANAMA UNCHR DEMARCHE: GOP LIKELY TO SUPPORT U.S. 
POSITION ON UNCHR INTERSESSIONAL WORKING GROUP IN GENEVA 
 
REF: STATE 82967 
 
(SBU) PolOff delivered Reftel talking points to MFA Human 
Rights Director Janio Tunion and Deputy International 
Organizations and Commissions Director Nubia Lezcano on May 
5, stressing how the working group would undercut existing 
mechanisms at New York UN headquarters.  Tunion spoke with 
PolOff on May 6.  Speaking unofficially, Tunion said the GOP 
was aware that such a working group "would probably 
complicate things," when a process already exists for 
discussing UN Commission on Human Rights (CHR) reform. 
Tunion said unofficially that he opposes "excessive" 
sub-commissions and working groups in a system that was 
already "too big" to be effective, and added that senior MFA 
officials agree.  He said he would pass the talking points to 
his superiors.  Embassy will report any further developments 
to Department. 
 
WATT