BRAZIL’S LULA OFFERS BOLIVIA’S MORALES TREATMENT FOR TUMOR

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09BRASILIA93 22 January 2009 Confidencial Embassy Brasilia

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STATE FOR WHA/BSC, WHA/AND, INR

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/22/2019
TAGS: PREL, PINR, BO, BR
SUBJECT: BRAZIL’S LULA OFFERS BOLIVIA’S MORALES TREATMENT
FOR TUMOR

Classified By: Ambassador Clifford M. Sobel, Reason 1.4 (b) and (d)

1. (C) In a conversation with Ambassador Sobel following the
January 15, 2009 La Paz meeting between Brazilian President
Lula and Bolivian President Morales, Brazilian Defense
Minister Nelson Jobim (protect) confirmed an earlier rumor
that Morales is suffering from a serious sinus tumor. Jobim
told the Ambassador that Lula had offered Morales an
examination and treatment at a Sao Paulo hospital. Although
there have been been public reports that Morales needs
surgery for "acute sinusitis," and related otitis and
headaches, according to Jobim his problems in fact are caused
by a serious tumor and the surgery will be an effort to
remove it. Treatment has been put off, however, until after
the constitutional referendum scheduled for January 25.
Jobim, who attended the meeting between Lula and Morales,
commented that the tumor might explain why Morales has seemed
unfocussed and not his usual self at this and other recent
meetings.

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