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Cablegate: Media Reaction On Unchr Resolution On Human Rights

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS TEGUCIGALPA 000813

SIPDIS

STATE FOR WHA, WHA/PD, WHA/CCA, WHA/PPC, AND WHA/CEN
STATE FOR DRL, DRL/MLA, IO, INR, AND IIP/G/WHA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OIIP KPAO PHUM PREL KDEM CU HO CHR
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION ON UNCHR RESOLUTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
IN CUBA, APRIL 6, 2004


1. Op-Ed by regular columnist Juan Ramon Martinez in
Tegucigalpa-based liberal daily "La Tribuna" on 4/6 entitled
"Why do you offend us `Presi' Maduro?" I'm more surprised
than Oswaldo Ramos Soto (National Party) and more indignant
than Omar Cerna (Liberal) because of the position of
subordination that Honduras has shown toward the U.S.
objectives in Cuba.

"It is not a matter of principles nor a fight in favor of
democracy, neither, a matter of defending Cuba's style or of
government nor to celebrate Castro's desire to maintain
power".

"If Honduras had decided as a sovereign power to obligate
Cuba to respect the human rights of its citizens - by now,
all us would be supporting the government's decision, but
things are different. According to the information, not a
single country in the hemisphere accepted President Bush's
order"

"Presi' Maduro was urgently called by Powell who ordered him
to do it - not even the President of El Salvador who was
Bush's nominee for the OAS wanted to take such an
embarrassing position. The `Presi' of Honduras, as
expected, agreed to table the resolution with enough
knowledge of the risks of opinions that he has to undertake;
but convinced this task would let him have access to the
millennium account"

2. Op-ed by regular collaborator Victor Manuel Ramos in San
Pedro Sula-based liberal "Tiempo" on 4/6 entitled: "Oil
street lamp." "Our government again is a protagonist in an
action that is one hundred percent against the thought and
feelings of the Hondurans"

"It is interesting to know that the resolution tabled to the
UNCHR has been written in Washington, and not precisely in
the Honduran Embassy in that country but in the offices of
the North American government. The Honduran Foreign Affairs
Minister looks more like a North American employee than
Honduran- according to his statements and his perception, he
thinks we all are stupid and do not know the truth."

3. National Television news program Telenoticias on April 5
carried an interview with former Foreign Minister Carlos
Lopez Contreras, who is now an advisor to the current
Foreign Minister, in which he said: "The United Nations
Commission on Human rights has had this issue on its agenda
for two years. The Commission has asked that an
investigation commission be sent to Cuba to examine human
rights abuses. No one should be surprised that the United
States is interested in the issue of human rights and that
the Cubans have set up obstacles to the investigation by the
United Nations."

5. Note: Today's dailies ran a wire service article "United
States trusts that Latin American countries will support the
resolution against Cuba in Geneva. End Note.

Palmer

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