Cablegate: Das Deshazo's Meeting with Fm Barco

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id: 13821
date: 2/9/2004 19:27
refid: 04BOGOTA1318
origin: Embassy Bogota
classification: CONFIDENTIAL
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

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C O N F I D E N T I A L BOGOTA 001318


E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/09/2014

Classified By: Ambassador William B. Wood, Reasons: 1.5 B & D.

1. (C) Summary: In a meeting on February 6, WHA DAS Peter
DeShazo and FM Carolina Barco discussed paramilitary
demobilization and the OAS resolution on its verification
mission, Colombia-Venezuela relations, and President Uribe's
February 8-14 visit to Europe. End Summary.

2. (U) At the February 6 meeting in Bogota, WHA DAS Peter
DeShazo was accompanied by DCM Milton Drucker, AID Director
Michael Deal, and poloff Brian Walch. FM Carolina Barco was
joined by Vice Minister Camilo Reyes (her deputy) and North
America Director Francisco Gonzalez.

3. (C) On the subject of paramilitary demobilization,
DeShazo stressed the need for accountability and truth, as
well as justice for victims. Barco reiterated the GOC's
commitment to keep extradition on the table, and worried
about striking the correct balance between peace and justice.
Barco expressed concern over Venezuela's intransigence on
the OAS vote in support of a verification mission for
paramilitary demobilization. (Note: Later the same day, the
OAS voted to support the verification mission. End Note.)

4. (C) On relations with Venezuela, Barco noted that they
have been rocky. She stressed President Uribe's and her
desire to limit "microphone diplomacy." Despite friction,
there have been two Uribe-Chavez summits during the Uribe
Administration and continuing military dialogue at the field
commander level. Barco mentioned plans to have vice FM level
meetings to manage border incursion incidents. However, she
lamented that defense minister meetings had not taken place.
Turning to internal Venezuelan issues, DeShazo outlined U.S.
policy and stressed the importance of the OAS and Carter
Center in ensuring transparency in the all important
signature verification process currently being conducted by
the National Electoral Council. Barco expressed complete

5. (C) Regarding President Uribe's February 8-14 visit to
Europe, Barco stated that Uribe would carry the message that
public security and human rights have both improved markedly
during his administration. Barco indicated Uribe would meet
with ten prominent European human rights NGOs to explain his
record. Barco worried, however, that Uribe might receive a
lukewarm reception at the European Parliament.

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