|06SANJOSE489||2006-03-03 20:55:00||UNCLASSIFIED||Embassy San Jose|
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UNCLAS SAN JOSE 000489
1. Ambassador Langdale discussed reftel points with Foreign
Minster Tovar on March 2, 2006. Tovar said that Costa Rica
has not committed to supporting any candidate at this time.
Tovar added that Costa Rica's vote will soon be courted, and
said that the sooner the USG settles on a candidate, the
easier it would be for Costa Rica to support that candidate.
2. Polcouns discussed the upcoming selection of a new UN
Secretary General with Ambassador Jose Joaquin Chaverri,
Director of Foreign Policy at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, on February 27. Chaverri indicated that Costa Rica
understands the USG view that regional rotation is not
enshrined in the UN Charter, but will be inclined to support
an Asian candidate when it comes to selecting the next
Secretary General. Foremost among the GOCR's reasons for
adhering to the unwritten policy of regional rotation is the
expectation that soon it will be Latin America's "turn," and
any change to the system could jeopardize the region's
chances of ever attaining the office. Chaverri added that a
new government takes power in Costa Rica on May 8, and it is
possible that GOCR views on the issue could change.