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06SOFIA1425 2006-10-06 12:26:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Sofia
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BULGARIA SUPPORTS AMENDING EMBARGO RESOLUTION,

Tags:   EUN INRO PHUM PREL UNGA UN CU BU 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/06/2016
TAGS: EUN INRO PHUM PREL UNGA UN CU BU
SUBJECT: BULGARIA SUPPORTS AMENDING EMBARGO RESOLUTION,
SAYS CUBA SHOWING SIGNS OF PRAGMATISM

REF: STATE 163498

Classified By: DCM A. KARAGIANNIS FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D)



1. (C) Panteley Spassov of the MFA's UN and Global Issues
Department agreed that the Cuban Embargo Resolution at UNGA
should be balanced with a statement on Cuba's human rights
record. He said the GOB will seriously consider our proposed
language for the amendment but doubted our text would pass
unchanged.



2. (C) We report for the record that separately Spassov
shared his impressions of the Havana NAM conference, which he
attended as an observer. (Note: The Bulgarians were lobbying
for a UNESCO seat, competing against Belarus). He was
impressed by what he termed the growing pragmatism of Cuban
working-level experts.



3. (C) While the conference was soaked with anti-American
and revolutionary rhetoric, he saw the Cubans successfully
steer the NAM position paper from fiery language toward
"sensible" proposals. Cuba is becoming the "realist" in the
NAM "troika" (Cuba, Egypt, Malaysia), said Spassov. Deputy
Foreign Minister Todor Churov, who was also in Havana,
attributed some of this perceived pragmatism to mid-level
officials "looking beyond Fidel."
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