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Cablegate: Mission Germany Plans Outreach On Day Of

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P 051447Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY BERLIN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1126
INFO RUEHUB/USINT HAVANA PRIORITY 0032

UNCLAS BERLIN 000582

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KDEM PHUM PREL EUN CU GM
SUBJECT: MISSION GERMANY PLANS OUTREACH ON DAY OF
SOLIDARITY WITH CUBAN PEOPLE

REF: A. STATE 46997
B. STATE 45792

1. (U) In response to reftels, Mission Germany plans to
raise the plight of political prisoners in Cuba through a
number of initiatives on May 21, the recently-announced Day
of Solidarity with the Cuban People. In addition to ongoing
outreach to parliamentarians, Foreign Ministry and
Chancellery officials on this issue, post plans to submit an
Op-Ed under the Ambassador's by-line to one of the national
and/or Berlin daily newspapers. The Op-Ed will focus on on
human rights in Cuba and specifically express USG concern and
support for the 225 prisoners of conscience there. Contacts
at the Foreign Ministry have already expressed interest in
the Day of Solidarity, and we will be following up on this.
Consulates Munich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, and Leipzig are
also exploring ways they can leverage this day to reach out
to the German public and official interlocutors.

2. (U) Mission Germany will be moving into its new embassy
on May 23, handling a senior U.S. CODEL for the NATO
parliamentary assembly, and POTUS pre-advance team that same
week. While this limits our capacity to host a more public
event on May 21, we nonetheless will use what resources we do
have for outreach at that time. Additional activities and
results will be reported septel.
TIMKEN JR

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