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06SANTODOMINGO2958 2006-09-14 18:11:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Santo Domingo
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AMBASSADOR'S MEETING WITH PRESIDENT FERNANDEZ: NAM

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STATE FOR IO, IO/UNP, WHA, WHA/CAR, INR/IAA; USSOUTHCOM
ALSO FOR POLAD; TREASURY FOR OASIA-JLEVINE; DEPT PASS USDA
FOR FAS; USDOC FOR 4322/ITA/MAC/WH/CARIBBEAN BASIN
DIVISION; USDOC FOR 3134/ITA/USFCS/RD/WH; DHS FOR
CIS-CARLOS ITURREGUI

E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/13/2016
TAGS: DR PREL UNGA PTER PHUM CU
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR'S MEETING WITH PRESIDENT FERNANDEZ: NAM
SUMMIT, VENEZUELA-GUATEMALA

REF: STATE 145242

Classified By: Ambassador Hans H. Hertell, Reasons 1.4(b), (d)



1. (SBU) In a September 9 meeting with President Fernandez,
the Ambassador delivered Reftel demarche on the NAM Summit,
emphasizing the importance the United States places on the UN
Security Council membership, terrorism, democracy, and the
Middle East.



2. (C) Regarding the Security Council race between Venezuela
and Guatemala, Fernandez reaffirmed the Dominican Republic's
commitment to vote for Guatemala. The President added that
his government does not plan to make the commitment public
because of the need to preserve good relations with Caracas.
For example, Venezuela's assistance via the PetroCaribe
program is valued by the Dominicans because of the severe
energy problems here. Noting that the Dominican Republic is
running for a seat on the Security Council next year
(2008-09), Fernandez said that, if this year's
Venezuela-Guatemala race (2007-08) reaches an impasse, the
Dominicans would be interested in stepping in as a compromise
candidate. (Note: Post understands that the Department is
preparing a demarche request which will explain the specific
timing of when a possible Dominican entry into this year's
race would be opposed/supported by the U.S.)



3. (C) Regarding terrorism, Fernandez strongly supported the
U.S. position, saying that the issue is clear, and that the
Dominican Government denounces violence irregardless of the
type.



4. (C) Comment: In a separate meeting with the Ambassador,
Foreign Minister Morales dismissed U.S. concerns about
Venezuela-Guatemala as unnecessary, saying "I'm handling this
myself" and waving a hand in a motion that signaled "there is
nothing to worry about" (Septel). Morales' dramatic flourish
aside, we note that PetroCaribe is highly valued by the
Dominican Republic because of the troubled energy sector
here, where blackouts are frequent and the Government spends
heavily on power. Nevertheless, we are strongly encouraged
by Fernandez's reaffirmation of support for Guatemala,
particularly since it comes straight from the top.



5. (U) This report and extensive other material can be
consulted on our SIPRNET site,
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/wha/santodomingo/ .
HERTELL