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Cablegate: Belarus: Libertad Act

VZCZCXYZ0000
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHSK #0422 1420554
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 220554Z MAY 07
FM AMEMBASSY MINSK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6045
INFO RUEHUB/USINT HAVANA

UNCLAS MINSK 000422

SIPDIS

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETRD ETTC PREL BO CU
SUBJECT: BELARUS: LIBERTAD ACT

REF: A. 06 MINSK 1255

B. STATE 65523
C. 06 MINSK 1317

Summary
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1. (SBU) Although the frequency of high-level contacts
between Belarus and Cuba has subsided in 2007, the GOB
continues to hope to build economic ties with Cuba, strongly
supports the Cuban government, and has no interest in
promoting democracy, human rights or free market reform. End
summary.

Trade and Exchanges Continue
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2. (SBU) Please see ref A for information on which remains
accurate for responses to ref B questions one through three.
Further to an exchange agreement (ref B), in February, a
group from Belarusian Television traveled to Cuba.
Furthermore, on December 28, Cuban Ambassador to Belarus Omar
Medina Quintero stated Belarus and Cuba would continue
bilateral cooperation in education, healthcare and
transportation (ref C).

Support for Pro-Cuban Positions While Ignoring Human Rights
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3. (SBU) Question Four: Belarus has done nothing to support
democracy and human rights in Belarus. On April 27, the
Belarusian parliamentary commission on international
relations and the working group on cooperation with the Cuban
parliament passed a resolution denouncing the sentencing of
Cuban nationals in the United States for spying. The
declaration made no mention of human rights abuses in Cuba.

Delegations: Belarusian Deputy Foreign Minister to Cuba
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4. (SBU) Question Five: December 7-8 a delegation led by
Deputy Foreign Minister Viktor Gaysenok visited Havana for a
meeting of the Intergovernmental Mixed Commission for
Economic and Trade Collaboration. Gaysenok's delegation
reportedly included officials from the Belarusian state-owned
petrochemical company Belneftekhim, Belvneshekonbank bank and
the Ministry of Industry.
Moore

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