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Viewing cable 09PARAMARIBO118, SURINAME: VENEZUELAN AMBASSADOR RECALLED?

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09PARAMARIBO118 2009-04-29 17:05 2011-01-31 15:03 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Paramaribo
VZCZCXRO2422
PP RUEHGR
DE RUEHPO #0118 1191755
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 291755Z APR 09
FM AMEMBASSY PARAMARIBO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0674
INFO RUCNCOM/EC CARICOM COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHCV/AMEMBASSY CARACAS PRIORITY 1692
RUEHGE/AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN PRIORITY 2080
RUEHTC/AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE PRIORITY 1679
RUEHAO/AMCONSUL CURACAO PRIORITY 1305
UNCLAS PARAMARIBO 000118 

SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 

DEPT FOR WHA/CAR - JROSHOLT 

E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PGOV PREL NS
SUBJECT: SURINAME: VENEZUELAN AMBASSADOR RECALLED? 

1. (U) During the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and 
Tobago April 17 - 19, Surinamese President Ronald Venetiaan 
reportedly complained to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez 
about the alleged interference of the Venezuelan Embassy into 
Suriname's internal domestic politics. On April 24th, local 
media reported that the Venezuelan Ambassador to Suriname, 
Francisco Simancas, had left Suriname for an unspecified 
period. The Ambassador denied that he was recalled and 
indicated that he was returning to Venezuela for vacation. 

2. (SBU) COMMENT. Locally there is a wide-spread perception 
that the Venezuelan Embassy strongly supports the National 
Democratic Party (NDP), the main opposition to the 
government's ruling New Front-plus coalition of political 
parties. The NDP is led by Desi Bouterse, former military 
strongman and main suspect in the trial of the 1982 murder of 
fifteen political opponents. Venezuelan Embassy staff 
consistently and openly attend NDP events. Reportedly the 
Venezuelans are far less enthusiastic in their support for 
other political parties. Rumors abound that the Venezuelans 
may also be providing financial support to the NDP -- all 
actions potentially perceived to oppose the current ruling 
coalition. END COMMENT. 
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