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05KINGSTON168
2005-01-19 20:25:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Kingston
Cable title:  

USG SUPPORT FOR FLORES OAS/SG CANDIDACY

Tags:   PREL  AORC  JM  OAS 
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L KINGSTON 000168 

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/18/2015
TAGS: PREL AORC JM OAS
SUBJECT: USG SUPPORT FOR FLORES OAS/SG CANDIDACY

REF: (A) SECSTATE 10956 (B) 2004 KINGSTON 3314

Classified By: CDA THOMAS C. TIGHE FOR REASONS 1.4 (b) and (d).



1. (C) Charg spoke to MFA Minister of State Delano Franklyn
on January 19 and delivered the talking points provided in
REFTEL concerning U.S. support for the candidacy of former
Salvadoran President Flores for OAS Secretary General.
Franklyn responded that although he was aware that at least
two CARICOM nations had purportedly decided on a candidate
for the OAS/SG race, Jamaica did not at this time have a
preferred candidate.



2. (C) Franklyn stated that it is Jamaica's view that all
CARICOM members should attempt to reach consensus for a
single candidate when the Heads of Government confer at the
CARICOM Intercessional meeting in Paramaribo next month.



3. (C) COMMENT: In December, FM Knight told Ambassadors
Maisto and Cobb that "if Flores is the best candidate, we
will go for him," though the Minister clearly felt little
enthusiasm for that prospect. Later that month, while
pushing his own country's candidate at a reception, the
Chilean ambassador told POL/ECON Chief that unnamed
diplomatic interlocutors had privately expressed to him their
concern that Flores was "too close to the U.S."
TIGHE