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SUBJECT: ARGENTINA: CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO
PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA FROM PRESIDENT FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER
REF: STATE 118192
(U) On November 6, post obtained from the Argentine Ministry
of Foreign Affairs a copy of a letter from President Cristina
Fernandez de Kirchner to President-elect Barack Obama. Post
does not have the official copy of the letter. According to
the MFA, the letter was transmitted to the Argentine Embassy
in Washington for direct delivery to President-elect Obama's
office. The Office of the Presidency released the text to
the press, and it was published in the November 6 edition of
the English-language daily, "The Buenos Aires Herald."
Leading dailies "Clarin", "La Nacion", and other press
carried excerpts of the letter in their November 6 editions.
Below is the full text of the letter in the English
translation as provided by the MFA:
Buenos Aires, November 2008
Many will congratulate you for successfully interpreting the
dreams and hopes of the American people. I wish to join in
those well-deserved expressions of admiration. However, the
era ushered today in your country is, above all, a major
milestone in one of the most fascinating epics in history:
the fight against discrimination and for equal opportunity.
All minorities around the world watch with much hope as the
American people again walks next to them, just like the world
marched, despite the geographical distances, alongside Martin
Luther King during the epic march on Washington. I am sure
that on November 4 many veterans of those days will have
recalled the words of Reverend King: "I have a dream that my
four little children will one day live in a nation where they
will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the
content of their character". That day has come.
It is no doubt a time of great joy and yet we must remember
those men and women who made the greatest sacrifice in the
fight for a society of equals, by giving their own lives.
When I read the account of the lynching of three students in
Mississippi I recognized the feeling of community with the
youths that were starting to rebel in our own country. The
same ages, the same generosity, the same tragedy.
Just as we pay homage to our companions fallen in that epic,
I pay heartfelt tribute to those who paved the way for hope
in your country. Such a communion of sacrifice and
rebelliousness, of solidarity and respect for justice, is
what you will find between my administration and your people,
with the determination to advance relentlessly towards a fair
and free world.
We have achieved a lot in Latin America. We too have fought,
and continue to fight, the big battle for social equality.
Democracy, won after decades of dictatorship and persecution,
has taken deep roots in our land.
Still, every day presents us with great and numerous
challenges. The current global economic crisis, unleashed
with the destructive speed of the epidemics of times past,
calls for bold and innovative measures, but also for joint
Therefore, just as those who faced the challenge of World War
understood the importance of multilateralism, we must also
act with the same nobility and intelligence and step up the
urgent and necessary changes for multilateralism to address
our complex realities.
We have a great opportunity to eradicate poverty,
discrimination and inequality in our societies. As you
pointed out during your campaign, this requires more
education, more health and more opportunities, and certainly
more dialogue between the peoples and their leaders.
I am sure that we can count on you and please be assured of
my sincere friendship.
Christina Fernandez de Kirchner