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Cablegate: Latvia: Day of Solidarity with the Cuban People Follow-Up

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INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

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DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/PD, WHA/CCA, AND DRL/MLGA

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KDEM PHUM KPAO SOCI CU LG
SUBJECT: LATVIA: DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE CUBAN PEOPLE FOLLOW-UP

REF: State 51536

1. Per reftel, Post confirms that the Department-provided op-ed was
placed under Ambassador Larsons' name in a local Russian-language
newspaper, Telegraph, on May 21.

2. In addition, the MFA issued the following statement on May 20
(informal embassy translation):

"Foreign Minister Urges Support of Basic Democratic Principles in
the World

On May 21st this year there will occur throughout the world an event
designed to draw attention to and demonstrate support for protection
of fundamental freedoms in Cuba, as well as in the rest of the
world.

"Latvia is for basic democratic principles, which are based on
justice and human rights. The Latvian public views as fundamental
those rights which are included both in the constitution of the
Republic of Latvia, as well as in the UN Declaration of Universal
Human Rights, whose 60th anniversary we mark this year. I invite
the Latvian society, especially NGO's, which represent the views of
society, and which have experience in the protection of universal,
basic values, to draw attention to this day and to consider
possibilities for supporting democratically inclined forces
throughout the world. It is up to the inhabitants of each country
to decide to how to use this support. Similarly, it is up to the
inhabitants of each country to decide their future," said Foreign
Minister Maris Riekstins.

Latvia urges Cuba to guarantee to its citizens their civil,
economic, political, and social rights in accordance with the UN
Declaration of Universal Human Rights." (end statement)

3. There has been no immediate press reaction to either the USG
op-ed or the MFA's statement.

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