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Cablegate: Chile Delegation to Sixty-Third Un General Assembly

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DE RUEHSG #0707 2132003
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 312003Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY SANTIAGO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3548
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE 0389

UNCLAS SANTIAGO 000707

SIPDIS

STATE FOR IO/UNP (SUN), NSC (MCDONALD), P (REINEMEYER),
WHA/PPC (BERG)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL ITRA OVIP KSEP UNGA CI
SUBJECT: CHILE DELEGATION TO SIXTY-THIRD UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

REF: STATE 72078

1. The MFA's Second Secretary for Protocol and point of
contact for presidential travel, Manahi Pakarati, told Poloff
July 29 that the GOC is still working to finalize its
official delegation for UNGA. She confirmed President
Michelle Bachelet's attendance, and added that Foreign
Minister Alejandro Foxley would accompany the President.
Other potential delegation VIPs include Director General for
Foreign Policy Juan Pablo Lira, Director General for Protocol
Fernando Ayala, Director of Multilateral Affairs Eduardo
Galvez and Director for North American Affairs Carlos
Appelgren.

2. A. President Michelle Bachelet will attend UNGA

-- Michelle Bachelet Jeria, Presidenta de la Republica de
Chile.

-- President Bachelet will likely arrive via presidential
airplane the evening of September 23 in order to participate
in the General Debate the morning of September 24. President
Bachelet should depart New York the evening of September 25.

-- President Bachelet is not married.

-- President Bachelet will require interpretation from
Spanish during the General Debate as she prefers to speak in
her native language. No other interpretation will be
required.

B. Chile is a unitary state, President Bachelet serves as
Head of State and Head of Government.

C. Foreign Minister Alejandro Foxley will attend UNGA.

-- Alejandro Foxley Rioseco, Ministro de Relaciones
Exteriores.

-- Minister Foxley should arrive in New York via commercial
airline before the arrival of President Bachelet. He would
depart New York on the day of the last meeting requiring his
participation. Minister Foxley's itinerary will be confirmed
once it is determined which meetings he will attend.

-- Minister Foxley's spouse will not travel to New York.

-- Foreign Minister Foxley speaks fluent English and will not
require interpretation.

D. Other VIPs have not yet been determined. The VIPs would
travel in the presidential airplane and would be present for
the General Debate. VIPs speak fluent English, therefore
interpretation would not be required. Chile's delegation
might include:

-- Director General for Foreign Policy Juan Pablo Lira

-- Director General for Protocol Fernando Ayala

-- Director of Multilateral Affairs Eduardo Galvez (IO
equivalent)

-- Director for North American Affairs Carlos Appelgren

3. Manahi Pakarati indicated that she, along with Director
General for Protocol Fernando Ayala and Chief of Security
Lieutenant Patricio Aguayo, would travel to New York August
18-20 for the advance team meeting held by USUN. Upon
returning to Santiago they will inform us of more details
regarding the GOC delegation to UNGA and we will convey them
to Washtington via cable.
SIMONS

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