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Cablegate: Costa Rica Requests Support for Oas-Iachr

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DEPARTMENT FOR WHA/CEN AND WHA/USOAS ASTEVENSON

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL OAS CS
SUBJECT: COSTA RICA REQUESTS SUPPORT FOR OAS-IACHR
CANDIDATE MANUEL VENTURA ROBLES

1. On June 3, we received a diplomatic note from the Costa
Rican MFA requesting U.S. support for re-election of the
GOCR's candidate Manuel Ventura Robles as Judge of the
Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Elections are
scheduled for June 2009. Relevant text appears below.

2. Post is very familiar with Robles and highly recommends
U.S. endorsement of Robles' candidacy. We understand from
WHA/USOAS that the U.S. is not eligible to vote because the
USG is not party to the American Convention on Human Rights.
However, Post recommends that it would be worthwhile to
support Robles' candidacy if there are other ways to do so.

3. Following is unofficial translation of diplomatic note
(relevant text):

The Office of Foreign Policy of the Ministry of Foreign
Relations and Religion gives its compliments to the Embassy
and has the honor to express that the Government of Costa
Rica has decided to present the candidacy of Manuel Ventura
Robles for re-election as Judge of the Inter-American Court
of Human Rights, for the period of 2010-2015, in the
elections that will take place during the 39th Ordinary
Sessions of the OAS General Assembly, in June 2009.

With respect thereto, the Government of Costa Rica requests
the Government of the United States to support the
above-mentioned candidate.

END TEXT.

4. Please advise.
CIANCHETTE

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