UNCLAS VIENNA 003298
DEPARTMENT FOR IO/UNP AND EUR/AGS
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AU UNSC UNGA
SUBJECT: AUSTRIA LIKELY TO SUPPORT BUERGENTHAL FOR ICJ
REF: STATE 179062
Â¶1. Pol Unit Chief delivered reftel diplomatic note,
Buergenthal CV and talking points on October 5 to Acting
U/S-equivalent for International Legal Affairs Helmut Tichy.
Tichy noted that the national group to which Austria belongs
had decided not to put forward a nomination. This left three
WEOG candidates for two nominations to the ICJ: a Spanish and
a New Zealand candidate in addition to Judge Buergenthal.
Â¶2. Tichy stated that Austria normally preferred to work
through mutual agreements for support but respected the U.S.
position not to do so. Tichy could not, therefore, make a
firm commitment but said that Austrian support for
Buergenthal's candidacy was "highly likely" because of
Buergenthal's incontestably excellent qualifications. Tichy
then reiterated previous requests that the U.S. support
Austria's bid for a UN Security Council rotating seat
beginning in 2008.