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SIPDIS

STATE FOR IO/UNP AND EAP/MTS
USPACOM ALSO FOR FPA HUSO

E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/21/2016
TAGS: PREL UNGA PHUM CU RP
SUBJECT: PRESIDENT ARROYO DISCUSSES NAM SUMMIT IMPRESSIONS WITH AMBASSADOR

Classified By: Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney
for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

¶1. (C) Summary. During an informal conversation with the
Ambassador on September 21, President Arroyo shared her
impressions of her recent trip to Europe and Cuba and about
the outcome of the recent Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit
in Havana. President Arroyo was “astonished” at the run-down
appearance of Cuba. She found the speech delivered by Iran
at the opening session to be objectionable and said that the
Philippine representative objected to the inclusion of harsh
language against Israel in the NAM final resolution.
President Arroyo is pleased that a Spanish envoy is being
sent to help with the Philippine investigation into
extra-judicial killings and stressed the importance of the
investigation. End Summary.

¶2. (SBU) During an informal conversation at a ribbon-cutting
ceremony on September 21, Philippine President
Macapagal-Arroyo shared with the Ambassador her impressions
of her recent trip to Europe and Cuba and about the outcome
of the recent Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Havana.
From Cuba, President Arroyo traveled to Hawaii for a ceremony
commemorating the centennial of Philippine immigration, where
she said she received “great briefings” from PACOM.

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Impression of Cuba and the NAM Summit
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¶3. (C) President Arroyo said she attended the opening
session of the NAM Summit at the request of Prime Minister
Badawi of Malaysia. President Arroyo was “astonished” at the
run-down, non-developed appearance of Cuba, noting the lack
of investment in infrastructure and lack of business
activity. She wrily observed that the Philippines looked
better off. Her bleak impression of Cuba was reinforced by
her Ambassador’s request that the Philippine regional embassy
be moved from Havana to Jamaica due to the restrictions
placed on travel by the Cuban Government.

¶4. (C) President Arroyo was “very troubled” that Cuba, as
chair, would give free rein to the more exteme members of
NAM. She noted an objectionable speech by Iran at the
opening session and the frustrated attempt by Philippine and
Singaporean representatives to prevent the insertion of harsh
language against Israel in the NAM final resolution. In an
aside, President Arroyo expressed her extreme displeasure at
the recent speech of Venezuelan President Chavez before the
UN General Assembly, calling the remarks “horrible.”

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Spanish Envoy to Help with EJK Investigation
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¶5. (C) President Arroyo remarked that she is pleased a
Spanish envoy is being sent to help with Philippine
investigations into extra-judicial killings. President
Arroyo explained that she had requested such assistance,
adding that the Government of Finland is also considering
sending an envoy to help with the investigations.

¶6. (SBU) President Arroyo met in London with Amnesty
International representatives who vouched for the credentials
of the Spanish envoy. Though Amnesty International “has been
very critical” of the Philippines, the President
characterized her meeting with the representatives as “good.”
She noted how rare it is for a President of any country to
seek out the group and deal with its concerns “head on.”
President Arroyo said “it is most important to look into
extra-judicial killings.”

KENNEY

   

 

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