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LA VISITA DIPLOMÁTICA DE CHÁVEZ A ESPAÑA EN 2004

Exteriores reconoce que Hugo Chávez presionó para visitar España

  • Zapatero cree que debe de impulsar relaciones diplomáticas con el Gobierno de Chávez.
  • El Gobierno de España se muestra escéptico con el Gobierno venezolano.
  • Cree que Chávez amenaza la democracia, los derechos humanos y los derechos civiles en Venezuela.
ID:
22550
Etiquetas:
PREL, PGOV, PHUM, SP
Fecha:
2004-11-05 16:29:00
RefID:
04MADRID4283
Origen:
Embassy Madrid
Clasificación:
CONFIDENTIAL
Destino:
04STATE223273
Encabezado:
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 MADRID 004283

SIPDIS

FOR EUR/WE, WHA/AND AND WHA/CCA

E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/05/2014
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, PHUM, SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN: ZAPATERO TO RAISE HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES WITH
CHAVEZ

REF: STATE 223273

Classified By: Political Counselor Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick,
reasons 1.4(b) and (d).

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Summary
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1. (C) The Government of Spain is aware of all three human
rights issues raised in reftel demarche. The Spanish agree
that the possible moves by Chavez supporters threaten
democracy, human rights and civil rights in Venezuela. The
Zapatero government will raise these issues with Venezuelan
president Hugo Chavez's during his visit to Madrid November
22-23, a visit which Chavez insisted on making, according to
Spanish Foreign Ministry interlocutors. However, given
President Zapatero's desires to build dialog with Chavez, we
do not expect him to press Chavez hard on these questions.
End summary.

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GOS To Raise Demarche Issues During Chavez Visit
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2. (C) Poloff raised reftel issues November 4 with Ernesto
de Zulueta, the MFA's deputy director general for Andean
countries. With respect to the arrest warrants for the
SUMATE NGO, de Zulueta said he understands the process has
essentially been put on hold for the moment. De Zulueta said
further that the Spanish government plans to address this
matter, as well as the two disturbing proposed laws we raised
in the demarche, with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez when
he visits Madrid November 22-23. According to de Zulueta,
the GOS has discussed all three issues with its EU partners,
but in the end, Spain decided that direct talks between the
Zapatero and Chavez governments would be more useful than a
public declaration by the GOS or the EU. We emphasized the
urgency of these matters to Zulueta and urged the Spanish
government to raise them with the Venezuelan government
sooner, but de Zulueta argued the Chavez visit offered the
best opportunity to press the Venezuelans effectively.

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Chavez "Insisted" on Visit
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3. (C) De Zulueta took pains to emphasize that the GOS
agreed to Chavez's visit only after lengthy, dogged
insistence on Chavez's part. "The impetus for the meeting
came from Chavez, not from the Government of Spain, I can
assure you," explained de Zulueta. (In late October, FM
Moratinos' chief of staff told us the same -- Chavez insisted
on coming to Madrid.) Chavez will be traveling with a group
of Venezuelan businessmen and women. De Zulueta did not yet
know who else would accompany Chavez or whether FM Perez
would join trip. The GOS's only goal for the visit will be
to begin some form of constructive dialog with Chavez,
something, claimed de Zulueta, that was not occurring under
the Aznar government due to the strained relationship between
the former Spanish president and Chavez. The Spanish
government has no other agenda for the meeting at this point,
according to de Zulueta.

4. (C) De Zulueta also asserted that the Spanish government
has no illusions about the likelihood of progress with Chavez
-- in fact, troubling developments in Venezuela such as the
three issues reftel demarche raised signal a weakening of
democracy and human rights in Venezuela. However, Zapatero
believes Spain must at least make an attempt to build some
sort of constructive relationship with Chavez because he won
the August referendum and "is the only game in town." The
opposition remains remarkably disorganized and ineffective,
de Zulueta noted.

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Comment
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5. (C) De Zulueta's explanation of why Spain needs to open
dialog with Chavez is nearly identical to Spain's reasons for
wanting to do the same with Castro, though the Venezuela
issue is much less contentious in Spain. Although de Zulueta
said Spain does not have high hopes for dialog with Chavez,
Zapatero clearly thinks he can build bridges where Aznar
could not or would not. Zapatero believes his efforts to
build a relationship with Chavez are consistent with his
self-image as a "man of dialog," a phrase he has uttered
repeatedly since the Socialists prevailed last March. We
expect Zapatero government to raise the issues outlined in
reftel demarche with Chavez during his visit in late
November, but not to press hard, because it is highly
unlikely Zapatero will risk turning Chavez off during the
Madrid visit.

ARGYROS;"