US embassy cable - 06PORTOFSPAIN486

FM EVASIVE ON DEMARCHE REQUEST REGARDING AMBASSADOR BROWNFIELD

Identifier: 06PORTOFSPAIN486
Wikileaks: View 06PORTOFSPAIN486 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Port Of Spain
Created: 2006-04-24 20:12:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: OVIP PGOV PREL PTER CARICOM VZ TD
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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DE RUEHSP #0486 1142012
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 242012Z APR 06
FM AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6725
INFO RUCNCOM/EC CARICOM COLLECTIVE
RUEHCV/AMEMBASSY CARACAS 3582
C O N F I D E N T I A L PORT OF SPAIN 000486 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR WHA/CAR 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/24/2016 
TAGS: OVIP, PGOV, PREL, PTER, CARICOM, VZ, TD 
SUBJECT: FM EVASIVE ON DEMARCHE REQUEST REGARDING 
AMBASSADOR BROWNFIELD 
 
REF: STATE 60604 
 
Classified By: DCM: ESWEENEY FOR REASONS 1.4 (b&d) 
 
 1. (C) In an April 21 meeting with Trinidad and Tobago,s 
Foreign Minister, Knowlson Gift, Ambassador Austin delivered 
reftel demarche requesting T&T to support the US protest 
against the Venezuela government-inspired attacks on US 
Ambassador Brownfield. 
 
2. (C) Gift was emphatic in his response, no host government 
can turn its back on its responsibility to protect diplomats 
accredited to it.  He recognized that five such attacks in 
the past seven months and three violent incidents in 
consecutive weeks clearly amounted to &targeting8. 
However, when Ambassador Austin suggested that Gift might 
raise his voice in protest against such behavior by the 
Venezuelan government, Gift was evasive, moving on to a 
different subject. 
 
3. (C) COMMENT:  Gift,s wariness was in line with past GOTT 
reluctance to become involved in the acrimonious exchanges 
between the US and Venezuela.  This non-confrontational 
strategy may face a tougher test, when T&T participates with 
the US in the upcoming military exercises in what Chavez 
regards as Venezuela,s Caribbean area of influence.  END 
COMMENT. 
AUSTIN 

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