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Cablegate: Costa Rica: 63rd Unga High-Level Attendance And

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DEPARTMENT FOR WHA/CEN, WHA/PPC BERG AND MILLER, IO/UNP
SUN, USUN, NSC MCDONALD AND P/ REINEMEYER.

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL OTRA OVIP KSEP UNGA CS
SUBJECT: COSTA RICA: 63RD UNGA HIGH-LEVEL ATTENDANCE AND
REQUESTS FOR MEETINGS

REF: STATE 72078

1. (SBU) In response to reftel, we confirmed with the MFA
that the Costa Rican delegation to the UNGA will include
President Oscar Arias and FonMin Bruno Stagno. The two
dignitaries will be attending a summit in Brazil and then
will arrive in New York on Sept. 21 or 22 (still tentative).
The rest of the delegation, the MFA tells us, will be
finalized about a week before the UNGA. See formatted
response, as requested, in paragraph 4 below.

2. (SBU) At this time, we see no need for a bilateral with S,
given the likely press of other higher-priority WHA business
on her schedule. However, Costa Rica should be included in
relevant group meetings. For example, if there is a group
meeting on the Merida initiative, we would expect the GOCR to
be included.

3. (SBU) We anticipate that Costa Rica would want to be
included on any broader Security Council meetings/briefings
with S or other key officials. The GOCR sees itself as a
full partner and active member of the Council, and will not
want to be overlooked. Additionally, if there are Security
Council or other issues of major importance on our end that
involve Costa Rica, a meeting between A/S Shannon and Stagno
would surely be welcome by the MFA.

4. (SBU) GOCR attendees confirmed to date follow.

A. Attendance of the Head of State.

-- President Oscar Arias Sanchez.
-- Arrival to New York September 21 or 22 (tentative);
departure TBD. He will be present for the General Debate.
-- No spouse.
-- Spanish interpretation is requested for very high level
meetings.

B. Attendance of the Head of Government (same as above).

C. Attendance of the Foreign Minister.

-- Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
-- Arrival to New York September 21 or 22 (tentative);
departure TBD. He will be present for the General Debate.
-- Spouse attendance TBD.
-- Spanish interpretation is requested for very high level
meetings.

D. Attendance of other VIPs -- TBD.

E. Attendance of the Foreign Ministry official responsible
for IO affairs -- TBD.
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