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Cablegate: Visit to Spain of Elsa Morejon, Wife of Cuban

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SUBJECT: VISIT TO SPAIN OF ELSA MOREJON, WIFE OF CUBAN
DISSIDENT OSCAR BISCET


1. (U) Elsa Morejon, wife of imprisoned Cuban dissident and
Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Oscar Biscet, visited
Spain March 4-7. Although the visit was unexpected (her
arrival was not confirmed until a few hours before her flight
to Madrid), we are convinced it was useful and important.
Ms. Morejon, accompanied by Lawton Foundation Vice President
Dr. Angel Garrido, met with MFA Secretary of State Trinidad
Jimenez and Director General for Iberoamerica Javier
Sandomingo, former President Aznar, and Amnesty
International. She also gave two interviews with Spanish
media (ABC and Epoca). By happy coincidence, Ms. Morejon,
who along with Dr. Garrido was a guest at the Ambassador's
residence, was able to participate in a previously scheduled
meeting the Ambassador held with members of the Cuban
dissident community, including four recently released
dissidents (Pedro Pablo Alvarez Ramos, Omar Pernet Hernandez,
Jose Gabriel Ramon Castillo, and Alejandro Gonzalez Raga) who
arrived in Spain February 17. Ms. Morejon was also able to
renew her visa here for her return trip to the U.S.

2. (SBU) Ms. Morejon related that in an hour-long meeting
Jimenez said Spain had raised her husband's case with the GOC
twice (most recently in the February 11 installment of the
two governments' human rights dialogue) and promised that
Spain would do so again in June. Following his meeting with
Ms. Morejon, Aznar released a statement affirming his
interest in Dr. Biscet's case and his "total support" for Ms.
Morejon. The daily ABC carried a lengthy interview with Ms.
Morejon which stressed the incongruity of the GOC signing
human rights agreements while keeping Dr. Biscet and other
political prisoners behind bars.
AGUIRRE

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