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Cablegate: El Salvador: Demarche Response On Community Of

Published: Mon 30 Jul 2007 04:29 PM
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PP RUEHWEB
DE RUEHSN #1452 2111629
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 301629Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY SAN SALVADOR
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7149
UNCLAS SAN SALVADOR 001452
SIPDIS
SIPDIS
STATE FOR G/JOAQUIN FERRAO AND DRL/MLGA/LYNN SICADE AND
IO/RHS/RACHAEL LEATHAM
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KDEM PGOV PREL PHUM UNGA ES TW
SUBJECT: EL SALVADOR: DEMARCHE RESPONSE ON COMMUNITY OF
DEMOCRACIES MINISTERIAL
REF: STATE 98670
1. (U) Poloffs met with Mario Rivera, Director of
Multilateral Affairs for the Salvadoran Ministry of foreign
Affairs (MFA) to raise reftel points. Rivera responded that
El Salvador is fully supportive of the US position on the
participation in the Community of Democracies.
2. (U) Rivera agreed that it was important that full
participant status be reserved for fully democratic
countries. He also agreed that, in light of developments in
the country, it was appropriate that Venezuela not be
invited. He further supported the position that Nigeria and
Russia be invited only as observers.
3. (U) El Salvador has traditionally maintained strong
relations with Taiwan, and Rivera confirmed that El Salvador
supports "Special Guest" status for Taiwan. In a separate
conversation, the MFA confirmed that they would be willing to
jointly invite Taiwan to the meeting along with the Czech
Republic.
4. (U) MFA staffers also confirmed that at least two senior
officials rom the MFA planned to attend the meeting in
Novmber along with the Salvadoran Ambassador to the Uited
States, Rene Antonio Leon.
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