05BANGKOK3110 THAILAND — DEMARCHE DELIVERED ON UNMANDATED SESSION RE: UN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION REFORM
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UNCLAS BANGKOK 003110
DEPARTMENT FOR IO/SHA – SMEHRA, S/UNR – JGERAN, USUN – MZACK
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM TH
SUBJECT: THAILAND — DEMARCHE DELIVERED ON UNMANDATED
SESSION RE: UN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION REFORM
REF: SECSTATE 82967
(U) Poloff delivered reftel talking points to Peerasak
Chantavarin, Director of the Social Division, International
Organizations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
He immediately forwarded the points to the Thai Embassy in
Geneva. However, Peerasak said that the Royal Thai
Government (RTG) has not yet established a final position on
formation of a working group in Geneva to discuss reform of
the UN Human Rights Commission. He refused to speculate how
Thailand would vote on the proposed resolution establishing a
working group if it is presented to a formal meeting of the
UN Economic and Social Council (ESOSOC). Peerasak said that
the MFA is still listening and weighing different points of
view on the issue. Poloff pressed and Peerasak conceded the
point that reform of the UN Human Rights Commission will
eventually have to be settled in New York.