Viewing cable 07CONAKRY531
Title: U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ELECTION -- GUINEA

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07CONAKRY5312007-05-14 14:28:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Conakry
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C O N F I D E N T I A L CONAKRY 000531 
 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/14/2017 
TAGS: PHUM PREL UNHRC GV
SUBJECT: U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ELECTION -- GUINEA 
 
REF: A. STATE 58056 
 
     ¶B. STATE 63345 
     ¶C. CONAKRY 515 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Jackson McDonald.  Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (C) On May 14, the Ambassador met briefly with Prime 
Minister Lansana Kouyate (in the absence of the Foreign 
Minister who is abroad) to urge Guinea not to support 
Belarus's candidacy for the U.N. Human Rights Council.  The 
Ambassador expressed dismay that the Foreign Ministry had 
informed us on May 10 that Guinea would support Belarus.  He 
said that this decision must have been taken by "old 
thinkers" still buried in the bureaucracy and that it did not 
appear to reflect the democratic values espoused by the 
recently appointed Kouyate government.  Moreover, Guinea's 
unhelpful position on the Belarus candidacy would be noted by 
Washington just three weeks before the Prime Minister's 
planned visit. 
 
¶2.  (C) Prime Minister Kouyate was not aware of the Belarus 
issue, and he was not at all pleased with the Foreign 
Ministry's position.  In the Ambassador's presence, he 
ordered the Secretary General of Foreign Ministry to come see 
him at once.  The Prime Minister assured the Ambassador that 
he would "take care of it." 
 
¶3.  (C) French Ambassador Jean-Michel Berrit confirmed to us 
that he has received similar instructions concerning Belarus 
from Paris and that he will deliver the demarche to the Prime 
Minister on May 15. 
 
¶4.  (C) Comment:  Recently appointed Prime Minister Kouyate 
has a lot on his plate, especially given ongoing unrest 
within the Guinean military.  Normally, we would have dealt 
with the Foreign Minister on this matter, but he is out of 
the country.  This episode revealed, however, the limits of 
Prime Minister Kouyate's command over old-thinkers within the 
government bureaucracy.  In the Ambassador's presence, the 
Prime Minister asked his chief of staff and his chief of 
protocol which minister has interim responsibility for the 
Foreign Ministry during the Foreign Minister's absence. 
Neither knew.  He asked who represents Guinea in Geneva. 
Neither knew.  In short, the Prime Minister still has a long 
way to go before achieving effective authority over the 
ministerial bureaucracies. 
 
 
 
MCDONALD