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Cablegate: Demarche On Oas Social Charter (Peru)

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

UNCLAS LIMA 001176

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SOCI PREL PE
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE ON OAS SOCIAL CHARTER (PERU)

REF: STATE 39428

Sensitive but Unclassified. Please protect accordingly.

1. (U) Poloff presented the demarche on the OAS Social
Charter (Reftel) to Julio Garro, the Foreign Ministry's
Assistant Secretary for Multilateral and Security Affairs on
3/8, Deputy Director for Multialteral Affairs Carlos Chocano,
and Director of Social Affairs Maria Eugenia Echeverria were
also present.

2. (SBU) Garro did not provide a substantive response to
our points. He was sympathetic to our concerns that the OAS
produce a document that would be realistic and not filled
with pie-in-the-sky promises. All three Peruvian officials
were confident that the OAS would not abandon its historical
consensus mechanism in decision-making for this issue. Garro
added that he thought it would be helpful if the USG could
provide written examples of the language we would like to see
included in an OAS Social Charter. He also noted that
President Franklin Roosevelt, in his Declaration of the Four
Freedoms during World War II, had cited "Freedom from Want"
as a key human right, and that this sentiment motivated many
OAS members to look with favor on the idea of a Social
Charter.

3. (SBU) With respect to alternate chairs for the Social
Charter Working Group, Garro speculated that Brazil would be
a better standard-bearer than Venezuela.
STRUBLE

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