(C) ARGENTINE PLANS TO WORK TOWARD COMPROMISE ON CUBA AT OAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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09BUENOSAIRES634 29 May 2009 Confidencial Embassy Buenos Aires

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/29/2019
TAGS: PREL, OAS, CU, AR
SUBJECT: (C) ARGENTINE PLANS TO WORK TOWARD COMPROMISE ON
CUBA AT OAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Classified By: Classified by Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne for reasons 1.
4 (b) & (d).

1. (C) During the Ambassador’s May 28 farewell call on
Argentine FM Jorge Taiana (septel), Taiana characterized the
Cuba issue as "the big challenge" at the June 1-3 OAS General
Assembly. Taiana noted there were three groups within the
OAS: "Bolivarian bloc" hardliners pushing for Cuba’s
re-admission without condition; the United States, which
intends to stand firm on democratic reform in Cuba; and, in
the middle, most OAS member states, who think the region
should be able to establish a process that could establish
the conditions for returning Cuba to the OAS. Taiana noted
the tactical difficulties of reaching a compromise,
particularly if Nicaraguan President Ortega, Venezuelan
President Chavez, Bolivian President Morales, and Ecuador’s
Correa should show up at the OASGA and, by virtue of their
rank, presence, and intransigence, lend additional pressure
to the cause of Cuba’s unconditional readmission.

2. (C) Taiana said Argentina will work toward a compromise
that would not give Cuba a free pass, but allow the region to
establish a process, with conditions, that could lead to
Cuba’s reintegration in the OAS. In that connection, he said
he hoped the U.S. would be able to show flexibility, adding
that the GOA and other OAS members realize that the USG
"can’t go too far."

WAYNE