(U) GOVERNMENT RESETTLEMENT PROGRAMS (C-AL9-01687)

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09STATE87251 21 August 2009 Secreto / No para extranjeros United States Secretary of State in Washington

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/21/2034
TAGS: PINR, PGOV, BL
SUBJECT: (U) GOVERNMENT RESETTLEMENT PROGRAMS
(C-AL9-01687)

REF: LA PAZ 000232

Classified By: MICHAEL P. OWENS, ACTING DIR, INR/OPS. REASON: 1.4(C).

1. (C/NF) WASHINGTON ANALYSTS ARE VERY INTERESTED IN THE
MORALES ADMINISTRATION’S CURRENT RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM IN
PANDO, BENI, AND POSSIBLY OTHER OPPOSITION DEPARTMENTS. WE
WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE ANY FURTHER REPORTING TO ILLUMINATE
THE CURRENT SITUATION, INCLUDING THE INTENTIONS OF THE
OPPOSITION AND THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE LANDS THE BOLIVIAN
GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO GIVE THE RESETTLERS. WE WOULD VALUE
POST’S INPUT ON THE QUESTIONS BELOW, AS TIME AND RESOURCES
PERMIT. MANY THANKS.

A. (C) WE HAVE SEEN PRESS REPORTING STATING THAT THE
GOVERNMENT MAY BE TRYING TO SEND WESTERNERS TO RESETTLE ON
PROPERTIES IN PANDO, BENI, AND SANTA CRUZ. ARE ANY OF THE
PROPERTIES PRIVATE? IF SO, ARE THEY HELD BY SMALL OR LARGE
LANDOWNERS? HAVE ANY OF THE PROPERTIES BEEN EXPROPRIATED BY
THE GOVERNMENT, POSSIBLY IN LAST YEAR’S PURPORTED LAND GRAB
(AS REFERENCED IN LA PAZ 000232)?

B. (S/NF) DOES THE GOVERNMENT INTEND TO USE THE CIVILIAN
RESETTLEMENT — AND ADDITIONAL MILITARY TROOP DEPLOYMENTS —
TO INCREASE SUPPORT FOR GOVERNMENT CANDIDATES IN THE UPCOMING
ELECTIONS? IS THE RESETTLEMENT DESIGNED TO INTIMIDATE THE
OPPOSITION OR POSSIBLY TO PROVOKE VIOLENCE?

C. (S/NF) DO CONALCAM OR OTHER PRO-GOVERNMENT GROUPS PLAN
TO TRAVEL TO PANDO TO ENFORCE THE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM? IF
SO, WHEN? HOW MANY GROUPS WOULD PARTICIPATE?

D. (S/NF) IS THERE ANY INDICATION THAT MORALES IS SENDING
THE CONALCAM OR OTHER PROGOVERNMENT GROUPS TO TRY TO PROVOKE
CONFRONTATIONS OR INTIMIDATE THE OPPOSITION?

E. (S/NF) WHAT ARE THE OPPOSITION’S PLANS—IF ANY—TO
COUNTER THE ADMINISTRATION’S PLANS TO RESETTLE GOVERNMENT
SYMPATHIZERS IN THE PANDO AND BENI REGION?

F. (S/NF) HOW PREPARED IS THE OPPOSITION TO USE VIOLENCE,
IF AT ALL? IS THE OPPOSITION INTIMIDATED BY THE INCREASING
MILITARY PRESENCE? DO THEY HAVE ANY PLANS TO COUNTER THE
GOVERNMENT SECURITY FORCES FOR DEFENSIVE OR OFFENSIVE
PURPOSES? DO THEY HAVE ANY MANPOWER AND/OR EQUIPMENT TO DO SO?

G. (C) WHAT SORT OF LEGAL RECOURSE WOULD THE OPPOSITION
HAVE AGAINST THE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM?

H. (C) HOW UNITED IS THE OPPOSITION? ARE PREFECTS, CIVIC
LEADERS, AND/OR LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVES ORGANIZING THEIR
EFFORTS AGAINST THE RESETTLEMENT EFFORTS?

2. (U) PLEASE CITE C-AL9-01687 IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF
REPORTING IN RESPONSE TO THE ABOVE QUESTIONS.
CLINTON