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Cablegate: Mfa Letter Presents D'escoto Unga Agenda, Requests

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 MANAGUA 000451

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR WHA/CEN, INR/IAA
DEPT ALSO FOR IO/FO AND IO/UNP
DEPT PASS TO USOAS
STATE ALSO PASS TO USAID/LAC FOR BATLLE
NSC FOR ALVARADO/FISK
USUN FOR R. GODARD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL UNGA NU
SUBJECT: MFA LETTER PRESENTS D'ESCOTO UNGA AGENDA, REQUESTS
USG SUPPORT FOR HIS CANDIDACY

REF: A. USUN 134 AND PREVIOUS
B. 2007 MANAGUA 2399
C. 2007 MANAGUA 2008
D. 2007 USUN 1196

1. (U) On April 4 we received a letter for the Secretary
signed by Foreign Minister Samuel Santos requesting USG
support for Miguel D'Escoto Brockman's candidacy for the
presidency of the 63rd United Nations General Assembly
(UNGA), and advising us of his proposed priorities, if
elected. An unofficial translation of the letter follows:

2. (U) BEGIN TEXT OF DIPLOMATIC NOTE:

The Ministry of Foreign Relations
Managua, 4 April 2008
MRE/DM-DGO/343/04/08

Her Excellency Madam
Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State

SIPDIS
The United States of America

Your Excellency, Madam Secretary:

It gives me great satisfaction and pride to write to you to
let you know that, on March 14 of this year, the Latin
American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) at the United Nations,
New York, decided by acclamation to endorse father Miguel
D'Escoto Brockman of Nicaragua as a candidate for the
Presidency of the Sixty-third United Nations General Assembly.

For our Government of National Reconciliation and National
Unity, headed by President Commander Daniel Ortega Saavedra,
this endorsement is an example of solidarity and recognition
of the countries in the region for the efforts that Nicaragua
has been making in the multilateral arena to promote the
Purposes and Principles of the United Nations Charter.
Father Miguel D'Escoto plans to strengthen these efforts in
the following areas:

(1) Strengthen the democratization of the United Nations to
achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness in the General
Assembly in accordance with the Charter's purposes and
principles.

(2) Recovery of multilateralism with the most absolute
respect for the Charter, as the only way to approach and
resolve current problems within a democratic and transparent
process.

(3) Promote a greater and more effective relationship between
the General Assembly and the International Financial
Institutions of Bretton Woods, so that they comply with their
objective to maintain the world's financial stability for the
benefit of the equitable economic development, against
poverty.

(4) Contribute to building awareness about the
social-economic implications of climate change and promote
steps to combat its effects.

(5) Strengthen and promote human rights defense including the
right to life, the right to development, and right of women
to transversal integration in all development plans.

For these reasons, I wish to formally invite your illustrious
government to support the Latin American and Caribbean Group
candidate for the presidency of the 63rd United Nations
General Assembly.

Your Excellency, you have my highest and most distinguished
consideration.

(hugs)

MANAGUA 00000451 002 OF 002

/s/Samuel Santos Lopez

END TEXT OF DIPLOMATIC NOTE

3. (U) Post will forward signed original to WHA/CEN via
diplomatic pouch.
TRIVELLI

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