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Cablegate: Slovenia and the Day of Solidarity with the Cuban

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R 200839Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY LJUBLJANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6684
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
RUEHUB/USINT HAVANA 0024

UNCLAS LJUBLJANA 000216

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR WHA/CCA, EUR/NCE, EUR/ERA, EUR/PPD FOR
ANDREA STRAND

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KDEM KPAO PHUM PREL EUN CU SI
SUBJECT: SLOVENIA AND THE DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE CUBAN
PEOPLE

REF: A. LJUBLJANA 204 B. SECSTATE 51536 C. SECSTATE 46997 D. SECSTATE 45792

1. (U) In support of the Day of Solidarity With the Cuban
People May 21 event, post will place the Washington-drafted
op-ed in Vecer, one of Slovenia's largest dailies. We expect
the op-ed will also be picked up by the national wire service
and other national papers. From May 20 to 23, the Embassy
website homepage will be dedicated to Cuba-related issues and
will feature a Cuba fact sheet and links to the op-ed and the
President's May 21 speech.

2. (U) The GOS has not developed any activities in
recognition of the Day of Solidarity With the Cuban People,
despite our urgings (reftel A). The MFA noted that the GOS
is presently preoccupied with the demands of the ongoing
Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union,
including the EU-Latin America and Caribbean Summit, the
EU-U.S. Summit in June, and the approaching visit by POTUS.

3. (U) Slovenian civil society is still quite underdeveloped
and there are consequently few NGOs and only one that deals
with Latin America in any way. The Center for Latin America
focuses primarily on cultural exchanges between Slovenia and
Latin American countries and has not organized any activities
for the Day of Solidarity With the Cuban People.
COLEMAN

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