Cablegate: Colombia - Night of a Thousand Dinners
UNCLAS BOGOTA 011694
PM/WRA STACY DAVIS
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL KHDP CO
SUBJECT: COLOMBIA - NIGHT OF A THOUSAND DINNERS
REF: STATE 219663
1. (U) Embassy Bogota hosted a dinner on November 8 to raise
awareness of the landmine problem in Colombia (reftel).
Fifty guests, including members of the Vice Presidency's
Anti-Personnel Mine Office, NGOs, the diplomatic corps, and
international organizations, listened to remarks from
landmine expert and Secretary of Government for Cundinamarca
Department Gabriel Valderrama. He emphasized that a
well-integrated approach, with special attention to victim
assistance, was key to addressing the landmine problem.
Press attended and expressed interest in publicizing the
event. Guests commented that they were grateful for the
opportunity to discuss anti-landmine strategies with a
diverse group of knowledgeable counterparts.