US embassy cable - 06SANTIAGO910

AMBASSADOR DISCUSSES VENEZUELA'S UNSC CANDIDACY WITH TOP FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIAL

Identifier: 06SANTIAGO910
Wikileaks: View 06SANTIAGO910 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Santiago
Created: 2006-05-03 19:53:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: UNSC PREL CI VZ
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/02/2016 
TAGS: UNSC, PREL, CI, VZ 
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR DISCUSSES VENEZUELA'S UNSC CANDIDACY 
WITH TOP FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIAL 
 
REF: STATE 69313 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Craig A. Kelly.  Reasons: 1.4 (b and d). 
 
1. (C) The Ambassador called on Foreign Ministry Director 
General for External Relations Carlos Portales on May 2, to 
discuss the GOC's views on Venezuela's UNSC candidacy 
following Foreign Minister Foxley's recent meetings in 
Washington (reftel).  The Ambassador noted that our 
information indicated considerable support for Guatemala's 
candidacy, particularly in Europe, Asia and Latin America. 
Portales thanked the Ambassador for the information.  He 
commented that FonMin Foxley had briefed him on his visit and 
said that Chile had not made a decision. 
 
2. (C) During a follow-on, one-on-one meeting, Portales 
suggested that additional U.S. pressure on the Bachelet 
administration could be counterproductive.  Portales 
explained that President Bachelet is a synthesizer who needs 
time, stressing that "Concertacion (center-left) coalition 
politics and regional considerations" needed to be properly 
managed.  Portales asserted that Chavez' statements and 
actions were undermining Venezuela's candidacy, and predicted 
that Chavez would continue to "shoot himself in the foot." 
 
3. (C) Portales cautioned the U.S. from pressing Chile to 
take "an early decision."  The Ambassador explained that the 
U.S. was increasingly concerned that Chile, one of the most 
democratic countries in the Hemisphere, had not come around 
to the fact that Venezuela already had proven itself unfit 
for an international body as important as the United Nations. 
 By waiting on the issue, Chile helps convey to Chavez that 
he has the Southern Cone's blessing.  The Ambassador asked if 
giving Chile time would produce the right decision (e.g. a 
Chilean vote against Venezuela).  Portales said, in his 
personal opinion, he believed it would. 
KELLY 

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