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LIBIA COMPRÓ SANGRE INFECTADA Y CULPÓ A ENFERMERAS BÚLGARAS

Cable que revela que el Gobierno de Libia compró sangre infectada con VIH

  • Libia acusó a cinco enfermeras y a un médico de haber contagiado el sida a 438 niños.
  • El Gobierno usó a los facultativos de chivos expiatorios porque pensaba que nadie reclamaría su libertad.
ID:
93130
Etiquetas:
PREL, PGOV, SP
Fecha:
2007-01-19 11:17:00
RefID:
07MADRID104
Origen:
Embassy Madrid
Clasificación:
SECRET//NOFORN
Destino:
07STATE5256
Encabezado:
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SIPDIS

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/19/2017
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN'S VIEWS IN ADVANCE OF JANUARY 22 GAERC

REF: A. STATE 5256

B. STATE 5640
C. MADRID 71

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Classified By: ADCM Kathy Fitzpatrick for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

1. (S) SUMMARY: Emboff discussed Spanish views in advance
of the January 22 GAERC meeting with Carlos Fernandez-Arias,
MFA Subdirector General for the EU, on January 18.
Fernandez-Arias highlighted the following areas of special
Spanish interest. The EU expects to issue a communique
either from the Presidency or the Council of Ministers on the
results of the Serbian elections and expressing the EU's hope
that the Serbian government will be willing to work together;
Spain remains committed to not isolating Serbia over Kosovo.
On Iran, Spain supports full implementation of UNSCR 1737 but
wishes also to preserve graduation in the sanctions process
depending on Iran's response. Lastly, the EU, with Spain's
support, will be pushing hard on the Libyan government to
release the Bulgarian and Palestinian nurses convicted in the
HIV-infection trial, with measures including possibly
freezing some diplomatic ties. END SUMMARY.

//Western Balkans//

2. (SBU) Fernandez-Arias noted that the results of the
Serbian elections should be at least partially known by
January 22, and he therefore expects the Council of Ministers
to issue a statement on the elections and calling for
engagement with the Serbian government. Spain's policy will
continue to be encouraging engagement with Serbia in an
effort to prevent its radicalization over Kosovo final status.

//Israel-Palestine//

3. (SBU) Spain's and the EU's main concern at the moment on
Israel-Palestine is the convening of a Quartet meeting as
soon as possible. Spain continues to support Abbas and the
Temporary International Mechanism.

//Iran//

4. (SBU) Fernandez-Arias said that Spain will support
implementing UNSCR 1737 with the "broadest possible
interpretation." However, he also noted that Spain would not
support implementing sanctions outside the mandate of 1737
and that sanctions against Iran should be graduated. He
noted that 1737 has a finite time period and the EU should
use the sanctions to allow Iran to digest them and possibly
respond before moving ahead with more stringent measures. He
said that there would be time later for the EU to take
unilateral measures if necessary.

5. (S) Per reftel C, during the visit of UNVIE Ambassador
Schulte to Madrid, Deputy Foreign Minister Bernardino Leon
told Schulte January 10 that Spain would support full
implementation of 1737 and would even go beyond it, saying
that Spain was actively discouraging Spanish companies from
operating in Iran. However, Spanish National Security
Advisor Carles Casajuana told Schulte January 11 that Spain
would wait until IAEA DG ElBaradei issues his next sixty-day
report on Iran (21 February) before considering additional
measures outside of 1737. (COMMENT: Casajuana's caution was
probably a more accurate reflection of overall GOS policy on
the Iranian nuclear issue. END COMMENT.)

//Somalia//

6. (SBU) Spain supports the Transitional Federal Government
in Somalia and sees a need to quickly incorporate those
Muslim groups which fell outside of the extremist Islamist
tribunals. Fernandez-Arias agreed that the Ethiopians should
leave as soon as possible. Spain supports the deployment of
a Ugandan force, but Fernandez-Arias said Spain probably
would not have any money to contribute for this mission.

//Sudan//

7. (SBU) Fernandez-Arias said that Spain agrees on the need
for full implementation of the UN SYG's three-phase plan to
create a hybrid peacekeeping mission, but he noted that in
the meantime the AU mission requires funding. He expressed
doubt as to whether the EU had any more funds left available
for Darfur at present.

//Libya//

8. (C) Lastly, Fernandez-Arias mentioned that the GAERC
would address the matter of the Bulgarian nurses sentenced to
death in Libya. He said that he had been following this

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issue since it first broke several years ago when he was the
North Africa desk officer, and that the case was totally
unbelievable. Making reference to Ghaddafi's criticism that
Europe is only preoccupied with its citizens and not with the
fate of the HIV-infected children, Fernandez-Arias noted that
almost all of the children infected in the incident are
currently living in Europe along with their families and
receiving treatment (including 10 in Spain). He said that
the incident was a plain and simple case of corruption in
which an official bought tainted blood for a cheaper than
market price and pocketed the surplus. Fernandez-Arias said
that the Libyans had made scapegoats of the Bulgarian and
Palestinian nurses because they thought no one would stick up
for them, rather than implicating the many other foreign
medical personnel working in the same hospital. He said that
Europe does not accept their conviction, does not accept
their sentencing to death, has made significant efforts to
support the infected children, and is not looking for a
tradeoff of any kind. In the past, he said, Spain had merely
empathized with and offered moral support to Bulgaria, but
now that Bulgaria is an EU member, Spain's "solidarity is
total" in this matter. He said that possible measures which
would be discussed included the freezing of some European
diplomatic ties.

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