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Cablegate: Wto Demarche Request - Goc Unlikely to Raise Issue

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P 081414Z NOV 07 ZDK
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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0027
INFO RUEHBR/AMEMBASSY BRASILIA 7857
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EB PASS TO CHEVER VOLTMER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETRD ECON CO
SUBJECT: WTO DEMARCHE REQUEST - GOC UNLIKELY TO RAISE ISSUE
WITH BRAZIL OR ARGENTINA

REF: SECSTATE 152545

(SBU) On November 7 EconOff made requested demarche to GOC
trade and foreign ministry officials concerning an approach
to Brazilian and Argentinian officials at the Ibero-American
Summit in Santiago, Chile, on their WTO market access offers
(reftel). Juan Guillermo Castro of the Ministry of Trade
noted that the ministry would have no official present at the
Summit. He remarked that he would discuss the USG request
with Vice Minister Eduardo Munoz, but considers it unlikely
that non-trade GOC officials attending the Summit would raise
this technical matter. Patricia Cortes, the Americas Desk
Officer at the Foreign Ministry, confirmed that no trade
official would be on the delegation, and that a matter of
this nature would typically be raised only by such a
representative. She noted that historically Colombia does
not press Brazil and Argentina on such issues, adding that
the pending FTA with the United States makes Colombia less
likely to lean on those countries over trade policy. Cortes
agreed to pass along the USG request to Vice Minister of
Foreign Affairs Camilo Reyes.
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