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Cablegate: Costa Rica -- Demarche On Leaders, Meeting On

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TAGS: CS ECON EFTA ETRD PGOV PREL UNGA
SUBJECT: COSTA RICA -- DEMARCHE ON LEADERS, MEETING ON
TRADE AND PROSPERITY

REF: A. REF A) STATE 87631
B. B) STATE 87699 (NOTAL)

1. (SBU) During a meeting with FM Bruno Stagno on August 19,
Ambassador Cianchette personally invited the GOCR to
participate in the September 24 leaders, meeting on trade
and prosperity in New York. Stagno stated that the GOCR plan
was for President Oscar Arias, Minister of Foreign Trade
(COMEX) Marco Vinicio Ruiz, Costa Rican Ambassador to
Washington Tomas Duenas, and Stagno to attend. Stagno hoped
the summit would take place in the morning, to accommodate
President Arias, address to the UNGA that afternoon.

2. (SBU) Separately, Poloffs and Econoff also delivered Ref
A demarche to relevant staff-level contacts at the MFA and
COMEX. In addition, we provided the Costa Rican Embassy in
Washington with the demarche documentation including the
non-paper on the Alliance for Growth and Prosperity concept.
Our interlocutors all expressed interest in commenting, but
asked for a few more days to respond.

3. (SBU) COMMENT: Stagno has supported the Leaders,
Meeting idea since we first broached it, and the GOCR is
proposing a heavyweight delegation. This suggests that the
GOCR will be an engaged and (hopefully) helpful participant.
We are also pleased that the idea of a special CAFTA-DR event
for Costa Rica seems to have been discarded (Ref B). Stagno
and none of our other interlocutors raised it. We will
forward any additional information or reaction to the AGP
proposal that we glean. END COMMENT.

4. (U) ACTION REQUEST: Please advise timing/venue details
for the summit as soon as available. Other leaders may also
have schedule issues to consider on September 24.
CIANCHETTE

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