Viewing cable 09LISBON495
Title: PORTUGAL ON 64TH UNGA GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

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09LISBON4952009-09-11 14:43:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Lisbon
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SUBJECT: PORTUGAL ON 64TH UNGA GOALS AND OBJECTIVES 
 
REF: STATE 90254 
 
Classified By: Mario Fernandez, Pol-Econ Officer, 
reasons 1.4(b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) Summary:  Poleconoff delivered reftel points on 
September 4 to Goncalo Silvestre of the Portuguese MFA 
Directorate for International Organizations and discussed the 
points further on September 11 with Joao Ribeiro de Almeida, 
Portugal's MFA Director for Common Foreign and Security 
Policy and European Correspondent.  Ribeiro confirmed that 
the Portuguese delegation to the 64th UNGA would focus on 
nonproliferation and disarmament as it relates to Iran and 
peacekeeping and conflict management as it relates to 
Afghanistan.  End Summary. 
 
¶2. (C) Nonproliferation and Disarmament:  At the outset, 
Ribeiro stated that the UNGA was the proper venue to address 
Iran's nuclear program but expressed concern that Iran would 
continue to use delaying tactics during the event.  He 
lamented that, despite significant international efforts, 
there had been no major breakthroughs thus far and maintained 
that Iran needed to see consequences of the lack of progress. 
 He opined that it was essential for China and Russia to 
endorse sanctions.  At the same time, he voiced his personal 
belief that Russia would be difficult to persuade and China 
appeared to have no interest in the issue.  Ribeiro noted 
that the EU was considering imposing independent sanctions on 
Iran, though the precise nature of those sanctions had yet to 
be "studied" and probably would not take place before the end 
of the year, after the international community had redoubled 
its efforts in September and October.  He concluded by saying 
that Portugal was supportive of multilateral efforts to 
address Iran's nuclear program.  If those efforts did not 
succeed, "as we fully expect," however, Portugal would 
support "autonomous" EU sanctions. 
 
¶3. (C) Peacekeeping and Conflict Management:  Ribeiro 
acknowledged that the Afghan elections represented an 
important step towards democracy.  He immediately added, 
however, that perhaps the real lesson of the elections was 
that significant challenges remained ahead.  Noting that the 
Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) had found "clear 
evidence" of fraud in the elections, he expressed his belief 
that the EU should lend "visible support" to the ECC's call 
for a recount in certain areas.  However, Ribeiro 
acknowledged that the situation was still in flux and issues 
could only be addressed after the vote count was completed. 
He underscored that the international community should not 
yet discuss "exit strategies" but only "transitional 
strategies."  He concluded that the EU should not lose sight 
of the goal in Afghanistan, which he characterized as 
"ensuring stability, instituting governance, and promoting 
rule of law." 
 
 
For more reporting from Embassy Lisbon and information about Portugal, 
please see our Intelink site: 
 
http://www.intelink.sgov.gov/wiki/portal:port ugal 
BALLARD