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09USUNNEWYORK520
2009-05-19 21:34:00
CONFIDENTIAL
USUN New York
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AMBASSADOR RICE MEETS WITH CHILEAN PR MUNOZ

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/19/2019
TAGS: PGOV UNGA EFIN CI
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR RICE MEETS WITH CHILEAN PR MUNOZ

Classified By: ECOSOC M/C Robert Hagen for reasons 1.5(b) and (d)

C O N F I D E N T I A L USUN NEW YORK 000520

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/19/2019
TAGS: PGOV UNGA EFIN CI
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR RICE MEETS WITH CHILEAN PR MUNOZ

Classified By: ECOSOC M/C Robert Hagen for reasons 1.5(b) and (d)

1.(C) SUMMARY: On May 12, Chilean PR Hector Munoz briefed
Ambassador Rice on his plans for the UN Peacebuilding
Commission. Ambassador Munoz listed his priorities for his
year as Chair of the PBC's Organizational Committee as: 1)
beginning consensus-building prior to the PBC's 2010 mandate
review; 2) raising the PBC's visibility through creation of a
"Group of Friends of the PBC" and recruiting celebrity
goodwill ambassadors; and 3) tasking the PBC Organizational
Committee with facilitating UN coordination and disseminating
lessons learned and best practices. Ambassador Munoz also
commented on the high number of votes received by the United
States in the election for Human Rights Council members,
noting the accomplishment of receiving more votes than Cuba
and the same number of votes as China. Munoz also stressed
the need for UN member states to push back against the
President of the General Assembly's proposed outcome document
for the June General Assembly High Level Event on the Global
Financial Crisis, warning that if the document is not closely
coordinated with G-20 recommendations, Chile, like many other
countries, would not send high level representation. He
asked for US support in the UN's investigation of the
assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir
Bhutto. END SUMMARY


2. (U) On May 12, Ambassador Rice met with Chilean Permanent
Representative Hector Munoz. Munoz began his one-year term
as Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission in December.
Munoz listed his priorities for the PBC, commencing with the
need to build a consensus on the role of the PBC,
particularly its Organizational Committee, prior to the 2010
PBC mandate review. Munoz commented that the PBC is still
not seen as a major player in the countries on the PBC's
agenda, and accordingly, needed to do more to facilitate
coordination, both among UN funds and programs in-country,
but also for coordination of external assistance in general.
The PBC also needed to strengthen its role in resource
mobilization. Munoz stated that while the PBC was working

well with the World Bank, its contact with regional financial
institutions, as well as regional entities like ECOWAS, still
lagged (the African Union was an exception).


3. (C) Munoz noted that ECOWAS had sent a letter to the PBC
asking that Guinea be placed on the PBC's agenda. Munoz had
responded by asking Guinea to directly request PBC
consideration (COMMENT: Normally the Security Council would
refer a country to the PBC, but the PBC terms of reference
also allow for countries not on the Security Council agenda,
like Guinea, to request consideration. END COMMENT). He had
also spoken with Haitian contacts. According to Munoz,
Haiti, like Timor-Leste, was reluctant to apply for PBC
consideration out of concern that going on the PBC's agenda
could hasten UN peacekeeping drawdown. Haiti also was
concerned that donors might use the excuse of Haiti receiving
Peacebuilding Fund monies as justification for reducing their
bilateral developmental assistance. Munoz commented on
Chile's experience conducting civil affairs in Haiti as part
of its peacekeeping in noting that peacekeeping and
peacebuilding are not sequential. Accordingly, Munoz saw a
role for the PBC in providing advice to the Security Council
on the peacebuilding aspects of peacekeeping operations. He
also felt that the PBC should look at "tiered" levels of
engagement that would allow countries to seek more focused
PBC advice, for instance, on security sector reform. Munoz
felt the PBC needed to develop benchmarks as part of an "exit
strategy" from the countries on its agenda. Munoz stressed
the need for member states to press the Secretary-General on
swiftly appointing a new Assistant Secretary-General for
peacebuilding, commenting that the Peacebuilding Support
Office needed to focus on its primary mission of supporting
the PBC. He commented that in recent meetings with EU, he
had been asked why the United States was not showing more
support for the Peacebuilding Commission.


4. (C) Ambassador Munoz congratulated Ambassador Rice on the
167 votes received by the United States in its election to
the Human Rights Council. He commented that the United
States received more votes than Cuba and as many votes as

China despite their strength within the UN in gaining votes
through their bilateral assistance and calls for
"solidarity." He said that HRC members would now have to
find ways to make the HRC more meaningful, beginning with
doing away with "nonproductive" peer reviews in which
countries ran out the clock on inconsequential issues.


5. (SBU) Ambassador Munoz agreed with Ambassador Rice that
the draft outcome document submitted by the President of the
General Assembly (PGA) in conjunction with an upcoming UN
General Assembly conference on the global financial and
economic crisis was unacceptable both in terms of process and
content. He stated that the Caribbean countries were angry
that the PGA had ignored a draft with widespread support that
had been submitted to the PGA by General Assembly-appointed
co-facilitators (the Dutch and St. Vincent Permanent
Representatives). In his view, the outcome document should
be consistent with the G-20 process, building on G-20
recommendations and elaborating a role for the UN in ensuring
that the financial crisis did not affect developmental
assistance to the least developed countries. Ambassador Rice
noted that the USG had identified many redline issues in the
PGA's draft and sought to work with moderate G77 members on
using the co-facilitator's text as the base for negotiations
over the next thre
e weeks. Munoz warned that if the PGA insisted that
negotiations should continue based on his text, Chile would
downgrade its participation in the June conference from Head
of State to junior minister level.


6. (C) Finally, Ambassador Munoz stated that he would soon be
traveling to Pakistan in conjunction with the UN-led
investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto. He asked Ambassador Rice for an exchange of
information, saying that the investigators had taken
testimony from Bhutto's former Chief of Staff and head of
security and was now in the process of hiring forensics
specialists. Munoz commented that he was growing more
worried as he learned more about the intricacies of the
factors behind the assassination. He stated that he had been
invited by UK PR Sawers to meet with Scotland Yard and that
the investigation panel would shortly bring onboard a third
member, possibly a female judge from Norway.
Wolff