US embassy cable - 06SANTIAGO614

BRITISH EMBASSY REPORTS CHILEAN CONCERNS OVER VENEZUELA SECURITY COUNCIL VOTE

Identifier: 06SANTIAGO614
Wikileaks: View 06SANTIAGO614 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Santiago
Created: 2006-03-23 22:05:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PGOV UNSC CI VZ
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SANTIAGO 000614 
 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/22/2016 
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, UNSC, CI, VZ 
SUBJECT: BRITISH EMBASSY REPORTS CHILEAN CONCERNS OVER 
VENEZUELA SECURITY COUNCIL VOTE 
 
REF: A. SANTIAGO 0577 
     B. SANTIAGO 0561 
     C. SANTIAGO 0516 
     D. SANTIAGO 0514 
     E. SANTIAGO 0488 
     F. SANTIAGO 0447 
     G. SANTIAGO 0429 
     H. SANTIAGO 0384 
 
Classified By: Charge d' Affaires Emi L. Yamauchi for reasons 1.4(b) an 
d (d). 
 
1. (C) A British Embassy colleague told EPOL Counselor on 
March 22 that a British contact at the Chilean Foreign 
Ministry (who we suspect is a senior official in the 
Multilateral Affairs Directorate) appeared increasingly 
worried about negative U.S. reaction if Chile were to support 
Venezuela for the GRULAC Security Council seat.  The British 
Embassy officer did not/not have instructions from London to 
talk to the Chileans about the Venezuela candidacy, but had 
raised the matter on his own account, to sound out the 
Chilean position.  His Chilean contact delivered the expected 
explanations -- namely gratitude for Venezuela's support for 
Jose Insulza's OAS SecGen candidacy and Venezuela's ability 
to cause problems with Chile's neighbors.  The Chilean 
official reportedly added, "Do you know what you get for 
voting with the Americans?  Just a 'thank you'."  The British 
officer noted that his most telling point with the Chileans 
seemed to be, "Do you think electing Chavez will actually buy 
you more stability in the region?" 
 
No instructions from EU on GRULAC seat 
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2. (C) The British diplomat said he did not expect the EU to 
arrive at a consensus position on the GRULAC seat, in large 
part because the Spanish were too involved with "selling 
things" to Chavez.  To his knowledge, none of his European 
colleagues had received instructions from their capitals to 
talk to the Chileans, to CARICOM, or to African nations where 
had influence.  He did not believe a British demarche alone 
would be very effective, because "we (the British) are viewed 
as U.S. lapdogs in any event."  He suggested the Dutch would 
be easy to enlist, given their concern over the Netherlands 
Antilles.  He was not aware of any French inclination to get 
involved, one way or the other. 
 
3. (C) Comment: Our British colleague said it appeared to him 
that the Chileans were concerned by the strength of U.S. 
opposition, and were thinking more seriously about the 
potential consequences of a vote for Venezuela.  We will 
continue to push on this issue at all levels with the new 
Chilean government (reftels). 
YAMAUCHI 

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