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Cablegate: Colombia Accepts Policy Planning Talks

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SUBJECT: COLOMBIA ACCEPTS POLICY PLANNING TALKS

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1. (SBU) We delivered S/P's invitation to policy planning
talks at the Department, the draft agenda and the talking
points (per reftel) to MFA Vice Minister Clemencia Forero and
the MFA North America office on August 10. On August 18, MFA
North America Director Adriana Maldonado confirmed that
Colombia would participate, that the proposed September 14
date would be fine, and that VM Forero would lead the
Colombian delegation. Vice Minister of Defense Sergio
Jaramillo, who participated in the S/P talks in 2008, will
likely participate this year as well.

2. (SBU) Maldonado asked if there would be enough time to
cover the broad agenda in just one day, adding that VM Forero
could remain in Washington through September 15 for
additional talks or other activities, if Department so
indicates. Maldonado requested clarification on the
following proposed topics: Making Multilateralism Work:
Reforming/Expanding Global and Regional Institutions; and
21st Century Statecraft, Use of New Technologies, etc. She
also asked which USG offices would be participating in the
talks, in order to help the GOC select the appropriate
delegation.

3. (U) Any follow-up information can be transmitted through
Deputy Political Counselor Marcos Mandojana
(MandojanaMC@state.gov or MandojanaM@state.sgov.gov).
Brownfield

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