227006 9/25/2009 12:44 09 NEWDELHI 1998 Embassy New Delhi CONFIDENTIAL 09SECSTATE98567 "VZCZCXRO4421OO RUEHBI RUEHCI RUEHDBU RUEHLH RUEHNEH RUEHPWDE RUEHNE #1998 2681244ZNY CCCCC ZZHO 251244Z SEP 09FM AMEMBASSY NEW DELHITO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8095INFO RUCNCLS/ALL SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA COLLECTIVERUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 7968RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 6826RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 3672RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 1901RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 6504RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 8567RHEHAAA/WHITE HOUSE WASHDCRUEAIIA/CIA WASHDCRHEHNSC/NSC WASHDCRUEIDN/DNI WASHINGTON DCRUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 8488RHMCSUU/HQ USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FLRHHMUNA/HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HIRUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC" "C O N F I D E N T I A L NEW DELHI 001998

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FOR IO/RHS: CARI ENAV, KELLY RAZZOUK NEA/IPA: JEFFREY GIAUQUE

E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/25/2019 TAGS: PHUM, PREL, UNHCR-1, IS, IN

SUBJECT: INDIAN GOVERNMENT NONCOMMITTAL ON GOLDSTONE REPORT

REF: SECSTATE 98567

Classified By: POLCOUNS Uzra Zeya for Reasons 1.4 (B, D)

1. (C) Poloff delivered reftel demarche to Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Under Secretary for United Nations Economic and Social (UNES) Division Abhishek Verma on September 24. Verma explained this issue was being examined at senior levels within the Ministry and declined to offer a substantive response at this stage. Poloff emphasized to Verma that India's support for a balanced resolution, based on an unbiased approach to the Goldstone report, was of great importance to the United States.

2. (U) Post will continue to express our strong interest in this matter and will report progress septel.

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