Search

 

Cablegate: Possible Venzuelan Meddling

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

C O N F I D E N T I A L PARAMARIBO 000725

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958 DECL: 11/07/2015
TAGS: PREL PGOV PINS NS
SUBJECT: Possible Venzuelan Meddling

CLASSIFIED BY AMBASSADOR MARSHA E. BARNES, REASONS 1.4 (B) & (D)

1. (C) A member of Desi Bouterse's National Democratic Party (NDP)
claims Bouterse is receiving funding and tacit political support from
Venezuela. End summary

2. (C) A member of the Mission has been told by a self described
member of the NDP that former military dictator Desi Bouterse has
made a number of recent trips to Venezuela; that he is receiving
financial support from Venezuela; and that President Chavez has
promised him recognition and support should Bouterse succeed in his
stated goal of bringing down the government of President Venetiaan.

3. (C) The Mission member says that in his contacts, spanning more
than two years, the Surinamese individual has been consistently
honest and factual and delivered on his word. In response to a
question the Surinamer indicated that he wanted his information to
reach the appropriate U.S. authorities. He is described as a
Surinamese nationalist concerned about outside influence, although
he finds some of President Chavez's anti-capitalist rhetoric
appealing. He has never previously offered comment on internal NDP
matters, although he constantly offers a well left of center take on
world events.

4. (C) Bouterse is the subject of an Interpol arrest warrant.
However post has little reason to doubt that he could easily depart
via charter from Suriname's international airport. A close associate
of his handles all general aviation.

5. (C) Post has no other information to support or refute information
presented. Some observers of the local political scene have suggested
that Bouterse's recent much publicized walks through the central
market and very poor neighborhoods are taken from Chavez' playbook.
While these walks have generated some favorable comments from the
disgruntled, they have failed to produce scenes of Bouterse trailed
by enthusiastic followers.

BARNES


NNNN

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

APEC : Leaders Issue Kuala Lumpur Declaration

The leaders of the 21 APEC member economies issued the Kuala Lumpur Declaration following the first-ever virtual 27th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting chaired by Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Convening for the first time since the ... More>>

UN: Refugee Resettlement Numbers Fall To Lowest In Two Decades

Refugee resettlement numbers will be at a “record low” this year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday, with only 15,425 people resettled in the first nine months of 2020, compared to more than 50,000 in 2019. In 2016, resettlement ... More>>

OHCHR: UN Committee Issues Recommendations To Combat Racial Profiling

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination today published its guidance to combat racial profiling, emphasizing, among other issues, the serious risk of algorithmic bias when artificial intelligence (AI) is used in law enforcement. The ... More>>

G20: Global Co-Operation And Strong Policy Action Needed For A Sustainable Recovery

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed major weaknesses in our economies that can only be fixed through greater global co-operation and strong, targeted policy action, according to a new OECD report presented to the Leaders of the G20 countries at their ... More>>