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07TEGUCIGALPA1836 2007-11-28 22:00:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tegucigalpa
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HONDURAS: REVIEW FOR SUSPENSION OF TITLE III OF

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SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR WHA/CCA

E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/27/2017
TAGS: ETRD ETTC PREL PHUM CUCO HN
SUBJECT: HONDURAS: REVIEW FOR SUSPENSION OF TITLE III OF
THE LIBERTAD ACT

REF: A. A. STATE 158768

B. B. TEGUCIGALPA 879

C. C. TEGUCIGALPA 1652

Classified By: Charge d'Affaires James Williard, reasons 1.4 (b and d)

(U) The following responses are keyed to the questions posed
in Ref A.



1. (C) The GOH does not have any investments in Cuba. There
are some companies that export products to Cuba, the biggest
of which are Lido Pozuelo, Marmoles de Honduras, and
Corporacion Dinant.



2. (C) The GOH does not have any bilateral trade agreements
with Cuba. The two governments were working on establishing
an agreement in 2001-2002, but it was never concluded. There
is an agreement on investment promotion, but it is pending
congressional approval.



3. (C) There are approximately 280 Cuban medical doctors
working in Honduras. Cuban doctors first arrived after
Hurricane Mitch devastated Honduras in 1998. In October 1999,
Honduras and Cuba signed an Agreement on Health Cooperation
under which Cuban medical brigades provide health care in the
most underdeveloped areas of the country, financed by the
GOH. Cuba also provides scholarships for Hondurans to study
medicine at the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (ELAM) in
Havana. Approximately 300 Honduran students initiated the
six-year program at ELAM in 1999 and 218 graduated in 2005
(reftel B). Post does not have data on the number of students
that graduated in 2006. Additionally, in 2006 the Honduran
press reported that the mayor of San Pedro Sula and the Cuban
Ambassador signed an agreement for the provision of free
reading and writing lessons in the municipality. According to
the report, the Cuban Ambassador said that advisors would
arrive in-country in mid-October 2006 to train program
facilitators. The press also reported a proposal for 1,000
Cuban teachers to go to Honduras to "provide free education
throughout the country." Post is not aware of these
activities being carried out.



4. (C) In Post's opinion, the GOH has not worked to promote
the advancement of democracy and human rights in Cuba. In a
meeting in September 2007, Foreign Minister Milton Jimenez
offered to serve as a conduit between the USG and GOC, and
said the GOH would consider being receptive to civil society
in Cuba, however we doubt the GOH will follow through on this
pledge.



5. (C) Honduran President Manuel Zelaya traveled to Cuba on
October 9 with a delegation of over fifty people, including
the Foreign Minister, other cabinet members, and members of
Congress. The delegation's stated purpose was to sign a
maritime treaty with Cuba. However, after the delegation
arrived in Cuba, the GOH announced that the signing was
cancelled due to an International Court of Justice (ICJ)
decision handed down the day before on a maritime dispute
between Honduras and Nicaragua that could affect the borders
between Honduras and Cuba. The trip was negatively reported
in the Honduran press and most members of Congress considered
it to be a "failure" (reftel C).
WILLIARD