Search

 

Cablegate: Peace Corps Director Meets with President Ortega

VZCZCXYZ0000
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMU #0910 2601848
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 171848Z SEP 09
FM AMEMBASSY MANAGUA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4561
INFO RUEHZA/WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUMIAAA/CDR USSOUTHCOM MIAMI FL PRIORITY
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY

UNCLAS MANAGUA 000910

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL OVIP PGOV EAID NU
SUBJECT: PEACE CORPS DIRECTOR MEETS WITH PRESIDENT ORTEGA

1. Summary. On September 4, Peace Corps Director Aaron
Williams met with President Daniel Ortega to review the work
of the Peace Corps in Nicaragua as well as to provide
observations from his September 2-4 visit and to discuss
areas for future cooperation. After expressing concern about
the ongoing crisis in Honduras and the presence of the U.S.
military on Colombian bases, Ortega praised the work of the
Peace Corps and its work to improve conditions in some of
Nicaragua's poorest communities. Director Williams
emphasized that the Peace Corps is committed to working with
Nicaragua to help people in these communities and will look
for new ways to expand its work in the country. Education,
Health and Agriculture Ministers similarly lauded the work of
Peace Corps and USAID in helping to foster Nicaragua's
development. End Summary.

2. Ortega opened the meeting noting the emergency situation
facing Nicaragua due to the spread of H1N1 virus, which had
even affected members of his own household. Ortega
reiterated the GON's concerns over the ongoing crisis in
Honduras and welcomed the recent U.S. decision to cut
assistance to the de facto government. In addition, he
emphasized that "all of Latin America" is worried about the
presence of the U.S. military at bases in Colombia. Turning
to the Peace Corps, Ortega welcomed the visit of Director
Williams and praised the history and ongoing programs of the
Corps in Nicaragua. Ortega recalled how the Peace Corps
remained credible and active in Nicaragua through the 1960s
and 1970s and emphasized that the direct engagement of Peace
Corps volunteers in Nicaragua's poorest communities was vital
to Nicaragua's continued development.

3. Director Williams thanked Ortega for the opportunity to
meet and noted that Nicaragua was the second country he had
visited as Director (after the Dominican Republic), a
testament to the success of the programs in the country.
Williams emphasized that the Peace Corps, and the U.S.
Government, is committed to working "arm in arm" with
Nicaragua to help people in the poorest communities and that
he would continue to look for new ways to continue the work.

4. Education Minister de Castilla lauded the work of the
Peace Corps and USAID in helping to improve Nicaragua's
education system. Calling the Peace Corps' programs
"extraordinary," De Castilla noted the successes of the Peace
Corps, especially in the areas of entrepreneurship training
for secondary students and English-language training.
Furthermore, De Castilla praised the work of USAID's
"Excellencia" program and work in curriculum development.
Without USAID's help, De Castilla added, "it would have been
impossible to transform the curriculum." Building on the
same theme, Agriculture Minister Bucardo noted the work of
the Peace Corps in directly helping communities address
environmental issues, particularly water problems as
Nicaragua faces ongoing challenges of drought and lack of
access to clean water. Finally, Health Minister Gonzalez
noted the community-level contributions of the Peace Corps in
various areas of preventive health, including maternal-child
care and HIV/AIDS prevention.

5. Ortega concluded the meeting by noting that the visit of
Peace Corps Director Williams demonstrated that "despite our
differences, we (the U.S. and Nicaragua) are working
together, not just in counter-narcotics, but also to
eradicate poverty, to open up new space for cooperation, and
to build confidence between our two countries."
CALLAHAN

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

UN: India’s New COVID-19 Wave Is Spreading Like ‘Wildfire’, Warns UN Children’s Fund

7 May 2021 A new wave of COVID-19 infections is spreading like “wildfire” across India, leaving many youngsters destitute, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Friday. In the last 24 hours, India registered 3,915 coronavirus deaths and 414,188 ... More>>

UN: Decades Of Health Gains At Risk In Brazil Due To COVID-19

Although COVID-19 cases are declining in Brazil, the pandemic is putting decades of public health gains there at risk, the head of the World Health Organization ( WHO ) said on Friday. With global attention and support focused this week ... More>>

UN Report: Myanmar Approaching Point Of Economic Collapse

The turmoil following the military coup in Myanmar, coupled with the impact of COVID-19 could result in up to 25 million people – nearly half of the country’s population, living in poverty by early next year, a United Nations report said on Friday. That ... More>>


Focus On: UN SDGs

Study: Cut Methane Emissions To Avert Global Temperature Rise

6 May 2021 Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a UN-backed ... More>>

UN: Learning From COVID-19, Forum To Highlight Critical Role Of Science, Technology And Innovation In Global Challenges

New York, 4 May —To build on the bold innovations in science, technology and innovations that produced life-saving solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN will bring together experts to highlight measures that can broaden the development and deployment ... More>>

What COVID-19 Has Taught Us: “Healthcare Can No Longer Exist Without Technology”

A grandmother in a village in the Gambia should have the same quality of life and access to healthcare they deserve as in New York or London. Photo: InnovaRx Global Health Start-up Works To Bridge Healthcare Gap In The Gambia By: Pavithra Rao As ... More>>