Search

 

Cablegate: Ecuadorian, Chilean Fm's Talk Borders, Trade

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

UNCLAS QUITO 002891

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV ECON ETRD EC CH
SUBJECT: ECUADORIAN, CHILEAN FM'S TALK BORDERS, TRADE

REF: QUITO 2874

1. Summary. Chilean Foreign Minister Ignacio Walker met
with Ecuadorian officials in Quito on October 28. In a
subsequent joint declaration, the countries committed to
begin FTA negotiations in 2004, respect existing
international treaties (in reference to Chile's maritime
disagreements with Peru and Bolivia), and investigate ways to
increase Chilean investment in Ecuador. Walker spoke
publicly in support of Gutierrez and Ecuadorian democracy,
and Chilean and Ecuadorian officials later told Emboffs they
believed the comments could strengthen Gutierrez's hand
against possible impeachment. End Summary.

2. Chilean FM Ignacio Walker visited Quito October 28,
seeking Ecuadorian support in Chile's territorial disputes
with Peru and Bolivia, and searching for opportunities to
increase Chilean investment in Ecuador. Media reported the
following day that Walker had met with President Gutierrez,
Ecuador's Foreign Minister Patricio Zuquilanda, President of
Congress Guillermo Landazuri, the Congressional Committee on
International Subjects and National Defense, the
Ecuadorian-Chilean Parliamentary Committee, and Quito Mayor
Paco Moncayo. To obtain a more direct readout, Poloff
October 28 called on Chilean Ambassador Nelson Haddad.

3. Haddad claimed Walker had achieved three major
breakthroughs in the bilat. The foreign ministries signed an
agreement to begin negotiating an FTA at the end of 2004 and
sign the agreement by 2005. Both governments affirmed the
importance of respecting international law and the maritime
treaties that Chile, Ecuador, and Peru had signed in 1952 and
1954. Finally, Chile's National Petroleum Company will
strengthen its relations with Petroecuador and invest in
additional petroleum infrastructure and exploration in
Ecuador. The last point is of particular sensitivity in
Ecuador, as Chilean investment here has decreased since 2001.
Recent press reports note the countries will begin a
dialogue over ramping up Chilean investment, particularly in
infrastructure projects along Ecuador's southern border.

4. During public appearances, Walker expressed support for
Gutierrez and Ecuadorian democracy and institutions. In
later readouts, Chilean and Ecuadorian diplomats told poloffs
they believed the Chilean FM's statements could strengthen
the Gutierrez government, as Chile's leaders and democracy
are well respected in Ecuador.

4. Comment: Ecuadorians do respect Chile. In fact, we've
often suggested Gutierrez seek bilats with Ricardo Lagos,
hoping the latter's statesman status would rub off on the
younger GoE leader. Yet we're dubious the Chilean FM's
comments will do much to lower political temperatures here,
currently running hot. And while we applaud free trade and
the GoE's efforts to seek an FTA with Chile, we doubt Ecuador
has the staff or capacity to simultaneously negotiate deals
with that nation and the United States. End Comment.
KENNEY

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


UN News: Rare Coral Reef Discovered Near Tahiti Is ‘Like A Work Of Art’, Says Diver
One of the largest coral reefs in the world has been discovered by a UN-supported scientific mission off the coast of Tahiti. Announcing the stunning find on Thursday, UNESCO said that divers had explored large rose-shaped corals spanning some three kilometres, at depths of between 30 and 65 metres... More>>


Tonga Eruption: At Least 3 Dead, Amid Severe Destruction
At least three people have died in Tonga following the massive volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami wave that hit over the weekend. Homes and other buildings across the archipelago have suffered major damage... More>>

Save The Children: Tonga Volcano Ash And Smoke Cause Concern For Air And Water Safety
Families in Tonga are at risk of exposure to unsafe air and water due to ash and smoke from the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano that erupted on Saturday, reports Save the Children...
More>>



Ethiopia: UN Chief Lauds ‘Demonstrable Effort To Make Peace’

The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday said he was “delighted” to learn that “a demonstrable effort to make peace” in Ethiopia is finally underway, according to information relayed to him by the African Union High Representative for the Horn of Africa... More>>


Tigray: Agencies Suspend Aid As ‘Scores’ Are Killed Due To Airstrikes
Recent airstrikes on camps for internally displaced persons and refugees in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, have reportedly killed scores of civilians, including children, and left many more injured... More>>


UN News: For 25th Year In A Row, Greenland Ice Sheet Shrinks

2021 marked the 25th year in a row in which the key Greenland ice sheet lost more mass during the melting season, than it gained during the winter, according to a new UN-endorsed report issued on Friday... More>>