Cablegate: Cuba Op-Ed Placed in Moldovan Press
DE RUEHCH #0539 1430545
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 220545Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY CHISINAU
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 6695
UNCLAS CHISINAU 000539
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KDEM PHUM PREL EUN CU MD
SUBJECT: CUBA OP-ED PLACED IN MOLDOVAN PRESS
REF: STATE 45792
1. (U) Embassy Chisinau supported the U.S. effort to promote
peaceful democratic change in Cuba by placing the Op-Ed "Day of
Solidarity with the Cuban People" in the local press.
2. (U) Ambassador Kirby's signed Op-Ed "Day of Solidarity with the
Cuban People" was featured in "Flux" newspaper on Tuesday, May 20.
This national newspaper has the largest circulation in Moldova and
is affiliated with Iurie Rosca, Vice Speaker of the Moldovan
Parliament and Chairman of the Christian Democratic People's Party.
The article was placed above the fold on page three of the
newspaper, and constituted nearly the entire top half of the page.
The article was accompanied by a photo of Ambassador Kirby.
3. (U) Moldovan media carries almost no international news or
editorials, with the exception of articles about Russia or the
European Union. No other information or comment about Cuban
Solidarity Day was mentioned in the Moldovan press.