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Cablegate: French Unable to Send Bolivian Election Monitors

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UNCLAS PARIS 008137

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL FR BO
SUBJECT: FRENCH UNABLE TO SEND BOLIVIAN ELECTION MONITORS

REF: STATE 214591

1. Poloff delivered reftel demarche to Bolivia Desk Officer
Philippe Letrillard on November 30. Letrillard underlined
that the GoF fully supported efforts to ensure free, fair,
and transparent elections in Bolivia. However, he noted that
the EU was unable to send observers and expressed doubt that
France would be able to provide bilateral monitors. He cited
a lack of available personnel due, in part, to the French
contribution to the EU observer mission for the Venezuelan
elections. Letrillard was unaware of any French NGOs
planning to participate, but indicated he would contact the
French Embassy in La Paz to see if it knew of any interested
NGOs that could be given the contact information for
volunteers. Letrillard promised to contact Poloff if the
French position changed or if any NGOs were identified who
would like to participate.

2. Poloff contacted the Bolivian Embassy in Paris to inform
them of the demarche, but was unable to coordinate a joint
demarche in the time available.

Please visit Paris' Classified Website at:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/paris/index.c fm

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