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Cablegate: Argentina Requests Agrement for Hector Timerman

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SUBJECT: ARGENTINA REQUESTS AGREMENT FOR HECTOR TIMERMAN


1. (SBU) Action Request -- para 4.

2. (SBU) The Foreign Ministry convoked the Ambassador November 28,
2007 to present a diplomatic note dated the previous day from the
MFA requesting U.S. agrement for the appointment of Hector Timerman
as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of
Argentina in the United States of America. Embassy has forwarded to
WHA/BSC a scanned version of the diplomatic note via email.
Timerman has served since July 2004 as Argentine Consul General in
New York. In para 3, post provides text of its informal translation
of Timerman's curriculum vitae enclosed with the diplomatic note.


3. (SBU) Informal translation of Timerman's curriculum vitae:

Hector Marcos Timerman
----------------------

In May 2004, the National Executive Branch, with the agreement of
the Senate, appointed Mr. Timerman Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the Argentine Republic.

Ambassador Timerman has served as the Argentine Consul General and
Director of the New York Promotion Center in New York since July
2004.

Also, Mr. Timerman chairs the Board of Directors of the
International Coalition of Historic Sites of Memory.

He is a co-founder of Human Rights Watch.

He holds a Masters degree in International Relations from Columbia
University, NY.

He has served as member of the board of directors of the following
organizations:

America's Watch Committee (New York, 1981-1989)
Fund for Free Expression (London, 1983-1989)
Human Rights General Assembly (Buenos Aires, 2002-2004)

Throughout his extensive career as journalist, Hector Timerman wrote
for various newspapers and audio-visual media. In the United
States, he has written articles for the New York Times, Newsweek
magazine, and The Nation, among others, and has frequently delivered
speeches to several organizations and universities of New York
(1979-1983) and (2005-2006).

Mr. Timerman is co-author of the book "Torture" (New Press, 2005).

In Argentina, he was a columnist for "Noticias" magazine, for daily
"Ambito Financiero," and co-director of "Debate" magazine; he also
conducted TV and radio shows.

Ambassador-designate Hector Timerman received political asylum in
the U.S. during the Carter and Reagan administrations.

Ambassador Hector Timerman was born on December 16, 1953, in Buenos
Aires. He is married to architect Anabelle Sielecki and they have
two daughters, Amanda (1983) and Jordana (1984), who were born in
New York.

4. (SBU) Post requests Department's prompt consideration of
Argentine request for agrement and guidance as to how to respond to
GOA diplomatic note.

WAYNE

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