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Cablegate: National Presidential Address: Tip a Top Priority

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

UNCLAS QUITO 001803

SIPDIS

STATE FOR WHA/PPC, WHA/AND, AND G/TIP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PGOV PREL EC
SUBJECT: NATIONAL PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS: TIP A TOP PRIORITY

1. On August 2, President Alfredo Palacio devoted a section
of his televised national address (septel) to trafficking in
persons (TIP), declaring his government's "priority to combat
TIP, exploitation, and underage prostitution." He publicized
the penal code reforms that criminalize trafficking and said
he intends to develop an integral approach to protect
victims, especially children. In a meeting on August 3, the
Charge complimented Palacio on his statement. Palacio
responded that it is important that people know that
"combating TIP is a top priority of my government."

Comment:
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2. Palacio's demeanor was very passionate during this
portion of his speech, emphasizing his commitment to fighting
TIP. His address will help elevate TIP at a national level
and further demonstrates the GOE's commitment to fighting
trafficking.
MEMMOTT

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