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Cablegate: Media Reaction - Latin America

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UNCLAS SANTIAGO 002403

SIPDIS

STATE FOR INR/R/MR, I/PP, WHA/BSC, WHA/PDA, WHA/EPSC
STATE FOR INR/IAA, PM, INL

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OPRC KMDR KPAO CI
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION - LATIN AMERICA


On November 25, conservative, independent "La Tercera"
(circ. 102.000) carried a column by political scientists
Boris Yopo entitled, "Latin America: Ideological
Coexistence?" Quote:

"The recent conflict between Presidents Chavez and
Fox...reflects something that is not new to Latin
America: the coexistence of regimes with different
ideological and political projects. The leftist turn
(albeit distinct lefts) that many countries in the region
have experienced is tied to a growing disapproval of the
Bush administration's global and regional policies...and
to the consequences of the `Washington Consensus,' which
many see as the cause of regional economic deterioration
and inequality.... This political and economic
divergence...makes it difficult to come up with long-term
joint strategies to face today's challenges.... In
addition, the instability, precarious governance, and
high degree of social conflict in many countries in the
region today is a temptation to `externalize' their
problems.... This tends to make the resolution of any
regional issue into a `zero-sum' equation, where one wins
at the political and economic expense of another.... This
also threatens the region's ability to negotiate in the
international arena.... Other international actors have
some degree of influence because...they have developed
long-term policies to promote economic and political
integration. If our region does not take a similar
approach we will probably become the major losers in this
century's new world order."

KELLY

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