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Cablegate: Supporting Argentina's Request for Interpol

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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4852
INFO RUEHBU/AMEMBASSY BUENOS AIRES PRIORITY 0044

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STATE FOR EAP/ANP; NEA/IR - REBECCA HUMMEL; WHA/BSC: JANINA
SLATTERY, CAROLINE CROFT; S/CT ARNOLD SIERRA; L/LEI HEATHER
MCSHAIN

E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/02/2017
TAGS: PTER KJUS PREL NZ
SUBJECT: SUPPORTING ARGENTINA'S REQUEST FOR INTERPOL
APPROVAL OF RED NOTICES

REF: SECSTATE 147320

Classified By: Pol/Econ Counselor Margaret McKean; Reason: 1.4 (b) and
(d)

1. (C) In response to reftel demarche, Pol/Econ Counselor
spoke with an Argentine Embassy official, who related that
the Government of Argentina's Ministry of Foreign Affairs had
discussed the issue of the red notices with the New Zealand
Embassy in Buenos Aires. The Argentine Embassy in Wellington
was unaware that its government had asked the USG or any
other foreign mission to support its position, but they did
not have any objections if the U.S. mission weighed in. In
discussion with the French DCM, Pol/Econ Counselor learned
that he had not been asked by Paris to assist. The U.S.
Embassy did ascertain that the GNZ would be represented at
the Interpol General Assembly meeting, but that the New
Zealand position on this issue would be determined in Morocco
based on their representative's discussions with colleagues
at the GA and the dynamic established during the meeting.

2. (C) Pol/Econ Counselor met on October 31 with MFAT
Director of the Americas Division, Carl Worker, to deliver
the demarche. Worker confirmed that the New Zealand Embassy
had been approached by the Government of Argentina. Worker
noted that the GNZ sense was to be supportive in this
situation. Nevertheless, as a former ambassador to
Argentina, Worker said that the Argentine judiciary and
police investigations in general leave much to be desired;
however, he understood that the Argentine government was
trying to make a proper case in this instance. He asked if
the USG had information bearing on the investigation and its
quality; Pol/Econ Counselor responded that such information
had not been included in the demarche request.
McCormick

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