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Cablegate: Brazilian Response to Dates for Fourth Plenary

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

UNCLAS BRASILIA 002994

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER PGOV BR ARCH PY
SUBJECT: BRAZILIAN RESPONSE TO DATES FOR FOURTH PLENARY
MEETING OF THE 3 PLUS 1 GROUP

REF: STATE 202017

1. Poloffs delivered reftel dip note November 10 to Marcos
Pinta Gama, Director of the Office to Combat Illicit
Transnational Activities (COCIT) at the Brazilian Ministry of
External Relations (MRE). Pinta Gama told Poloffs that the
MRE still intends to hold the meeting on December 5-6.
However, he noted, Paraguay has requested that the meetings
occur on December 13-14, saying that a MERCOSUR summit that
begins on December 8 in Asuncion would make it difficult for
them to attend a December 5-6 session. Pinta Gama said he
had send the Paraguayan request to the Brazilian embassy in
Washington for the purpose of discussions with the USG.
Reiterating that Brazil still prefers December 5-6, he
suggested the USG may want to engage directly with Paraguay
to bring them around to our position. Pinta Gama plans to
chair the 3 plus 1 plenary meeting.

2. Pinta Gama said he hoped to have the agenda finalized by
early next week. At present, it includes:

-- Initial Remarks

-- Discussion of the December 2004 Washington Plenary:
According to Pinta Gama, participants will discuss last
December's meetings and the results of activities that
occurred as a result of the meeting, such as the recent FIU
meeting in Asuncion. The GOB also plans to address the
current situation at the tri-border area, drugs and arms
trafficking, contraband smuggling, money laundering,
terrorism, and other issues.

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-- Discussion on the development of an information exchange
program for the tri-border region.

-- Discussion on developing and maintaining training and
institution building programs.

-- Discussion of future meetings and activities, including
FIU meetings: Pinta Gama envisioned planning future FIU
meetings during this discussion.

-- Adoption of a joint communique.

Pinta Gama noted that he expects to send the proposed agenda
to Brazilian embassies in Buenos Aires, Asuncion, Washington
today for their approval. Pinta Gama said he expects to
receive a finalized agenda by early next week.

CHICOLA

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