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06SANTIAGO77 2006-01-12 18:01:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Santiago
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CHILE SUPPORTIVE ON UN REFORM INITIATIVES

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/12/2016
TAGS: PREL KUNR PHUM UN ADCO CI
SUBJECT: CHILE SUPPORTIVE ON UN REFORM INITIATIVES

REF: A. STATE 0746


B. STATE 0745

Classified By: Ambassador Craig Kelly for reasons 1.4(b) and (d).



1. (C) Summary: Foreign Minister Ignacio Walker told the
Ambassador on January 11 that Chile generally supported U.S.
positions on administrative reform, the creation of the Human
Rights Council, and the development of the Peace-building
Commission. Walker stated Chile would continue to work
closely with the U.S. and others to move these processes
forward. End Summary.



2. (U) The Ambassador called on FM Walker on January 11 to
deliver reftel demarche on U.S. objectives for United Nations
reform. Director of Multilateral Affairs Pedro Oyarce
accompanied Walker. Poloff accompanied the Ambassador.

Human Rights Council


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3. (C) Walker agreed the reputation of the UN Commission for
Human Rights (CHR) had been badly damaged. He said this was
an unacceptable situation, which could not be allowed to
continue. Walker stated the key to creating an effective
Human Right Council (HRC) was to "raise the standard."
Requiring a 2/3 majority vote to elect individual candidates
and instituting a peer review for HRC candidates would be
positive steps. Walker noted that Chile and others
envisioned a slightly larger HRC than the U.S. proposed,
possibly as many as 45 members to ensure regional
representation and balance.



4. (C) Walker said Chile would cooperate with the U.S. to
achieve a rapid resolution on the composition of the HRC, as
"our positions are quite close." However, Walker expressed
doubt the process would be completed by March. Oyarce noted
that the UNCHR was meeting in Geneva, and said supporters of
the HRC hoped to have an idea of the way forward by the end
of January. Oyarce said a transitional body was under
discussion.

Administrative Reform and Mandate Review


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5. (C) Walker said Chile was also a strong supporter of
administrative reform. The Oil-for-Food scandal had been a
yellow warning light that put the UN's administrative flaws
in the spotlight. Walker added he supported the idea of
mandate review, and said UN mandates should be subject to
time limits. At the same time, the reform process had to be
constructive. Walker noted, "many shots have been taken at
the Secretary General," whom he characterized as "a good
person and effective leader."



6. (C) Oyarce said administrative and budgetary problems
were hurting the UN's political efficacy, underscoring the
critical need for reform. However, administrative reform
enjoyed less support than other initiatives -- like the HRC
and Peace-building Commission. Oyarce explained Chile was
working in the Fifth Committee on administrative reforms,
adding that Switzerland was leading on best practices, and
Thailand was playing a positive role in laying the technical
groundwork for reforms. The Ambassador noted that reform
would allow more resoiurces for priority projects like UN
support for elections. Walker agreed that prioritization,
not auto-pilot, is the key.



7. (C) The Ambassador said the three Palestinian-related
bodies were ripe for mandate review, noting they were
outdated, biased, and detracted from the UN's role in the
Quartet process. Walker said the issue was not strictly
financial, asserting that Israel's "unilateral approach" to
security arrangements and Palestinian relations complicated
the issue.
KELLY