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Cablegate: Subject: Brazil: Probably Will Support Argentina

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/30/2017
TAGS: PTER ASEC KJUS PGOV PREL IR BR
SUBJECT: SUBJECT: BRAZIL: PROBABLY WILL SUPPORT ARGENTINA
AT INTERPOL GENERAL ASSEMBLY VOTE ON AMIA CASE

REF: SECSTATE 147320

Classified By: Classified by Political Counselor Stephen M. Liston. Re
asons: 1.4 (b) and (d)

1. (C) On 29 October, Poloffs delivered reftel demarche to
director of the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations
(Itamaraty) Office of Transnational Crimes, Virginia
Toniatti. While Toniatti was familiar with the AMIA case and
the upcoming Interpol General Assembly vote, and noted
Brazil,s continuing solidarity with Argentina for the
attacks it suffered in 1992 and 1994, she indicated that the
Interpol vote was still under deliberation within the
Brazilian Government. When Poloff remarked that Brazil's
voice carried weight in Lusophone countries in Africa and
that perhaps Brazil could act as an interlocutor on behalf of
Argentina, particularly in countries where Argentina lacks an
Embassy, Toniatti was non-committal and noted that Argentina
had not requested such actions on Brazil's part.

2. (C) Although Toniatti did not explicitly state Brazil
would vote to confirm Interpol Executive Committee's
unanimous recommendation to issue the red notices, in a
conversation with Guillermo Devoto, Political Counselor for
Internal Affairs at the Argentine Embassy, Devoto informed
Poloff that Argentina's Minister-Counselor in Brasilia had
raised the upcoming vote with both Itamaraty and the
Brazilian Federal Police and both had given full assurances
that Brazil would support Argentina's position at Interpol.

3. (C) COMMENT: Despite Toniatti's less than definitive
answer on whether Brazil would vote to issue the red notices
and her reluctance to carry any water for the Argentines with
Lusophone Africa, Toniatti's general expressions of support
for Argentina's effort to bring the perpetrators of the AMIA
attack to justice and the comments by Argentine Embassy
contacts leave no reason to believe Brazil will vote against
issuing the notices. END COMMENT.

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