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Title: LITHUANIA AGAINST BELARUS FOR HRC; MIXED ON BOSNIA

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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA AGAINST BELARUS FOR HRC; MIXED ON BOSNIA 
 
REF: A. STATE 63345 
 
     ¶B. STATE 58036 
     ¶C. STATE 64169 
 
Classified By: Political/Economic Section Chief Rebecca Dunham for reas 
ons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1. (C) We delivered ref A and B points to Darius Staniulis, 
head of the MFA's Human Rights and NGOs Division, on May 10. 
He said the GOL opposes Belarus's bid to become a member of 
the HRC.  He characterized as "very unlikely" the prospect 
that Belarus would succeed, and noted the recent UNGA 
resolution against Belarus.  He added that the entire EU is 
opposed to Belarus's candidacy and France and others are 
considering tactics to defeat Belarus, especially in the 
second and subsequent rounds of voting.  He did caution that 
Belarus has made itself "very visible" on Trafficking in 
Persons and is positioning itself for a seat on the HRC. 
 
¶2. (C) He stressed that Slovenia's successful candidacy is 
the GOL's primary goal.  He said that a Bosnian candidacy 
would be "tricky" and could draw votes away from Slovenia, 
because some countries might not vote for both Slovenia and 
Bosnia because of their geographical proximity.  He said the 
GOL would use one of its first round votes for Slovenia and 
the other would be for Bosnia or blank.  Even with the 
knowledge that Bosnia's candidacy is official (ref C), 
Staniulis added in a follow-up on May 11 that the GOL's 
voting decision about Bosnia will be made at the last minute 
based on advice from the EU and EU member states. 
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