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UNCLAS GUATEMALA 000317 SIPDIS E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PREL, PHUM, CU, GT, UNCHR SUBJECT: RULING PARTY OFFICIAL CALLS FOR SUPPORT FOR CUBA AT UNCHR REF: A. STATE 20816 B. GUATEMALA 275 1. Aristedes Crespo, Floor Leader for the ruling FRG party in Congress, used the visit of three Cuban legislators to announce in Congress that the FRG would press President Portillo to support Cuba at this year's UNCHR in Geneva. Crespo said his remarks were in response to Cuba's long-standing solidarity with the people of Guatemala and called for the Government of Guatemala not to vote against Cuba. 2. Crespo is the right-hand-man of Rios Montt, the FRG's leader and President of Congress. The FRG holds a disciplined 63-seat majority among the 113 members of Congress. The Guatemalan Congress passed a motion last year that called for Executive branch support for Cuba at the UNCHR. Hamilton
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