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Cablegate: Media Report - Promoting Chile's Success and a More Active

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REPORT - PROMOTING CHILE'S SUCCESS AND A MORE ACTIVE
INTERNATIONAL ROLE

1. Summary: In separate interviews, former Mexican Foreign
Minister Jorge Castaneda and Chilean Foreign Minister Alejandro
Foxley emphasized that Chile is an example of political, economic,
and social success in Latin America, but that Chileans fail to
recognize the scope of these accomplishments. Castaneda stated that
Chile should boast more about its achievements and play a more
prominent role in international affairs, one similar to that of
Canada and Sweden. End Summary.

2. In conservative, influential newspaper-of-record "El Mercurio"
(4/8, circ. 260,000), Former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge
Castaneda stated: "Chile is the only success story in Latin America
in the last 20 years in terms of democracy, economic growth, and
reduction of poverty... and it has stood out internationally, with
prestigious and brave stances on important issues.... (But) It is
embarrassed with its success.... I have always said: let's compare
the systems implemented in Chile and Cuba from 1987 till now, a
20-year period. There is no comparison.

3. "It would be much better if Chile would boast more about its
accomplishments.... Chile can be similar to Sweden and
Canada...which in the last 50 years have had a very active
multilateral role on issues such as peace forces, climate change,
human rights, anti personal mines.... Chile has an enormous
potential and must have a very active role in the region and on
multilateral affairs.... I would explicitly uphold those principles
that are important to it, such as democracy, respect for human
rights, a market economy, globalization, and a cordial relationship
with the United States."

4. In the Business "Diario Financiero" (4/9, circ. 30,000), Foreign
Minister Alejandro Foxley highlighted Chile's achievements: "We
must ask ourselves why a country such as Japan... concluded a free
trade agreement negotiation with Chile. The answer is because Japan
sees in us what we fail to see; that we are a country that has been
among the most successful of the developing nations over the last 20
years, that we are a democracy, that we have predictable rules of
the game, a solid economy that will continue to grow, and that we
attack social problems gradually, but persistently....

5. "The problem is that we are in a region where we want
integration, but it has been unable to define with clarity its
strategy toward the world.... We do not have a common stance on
globalization, yet we say Chile must be a platform (for the region),
which means we must work with the world and have good relations with
all nations in Latin America.... Chile has followed a noteworthy
path and will not stray from it. We are, however, willing to accept
diversity in the region and will not question other countries for
following different paths, but we will not stray from ours."

KELLY

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