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Title: US TIES WITH CUBA AND VENEZUELA; RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN;

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SUBJECT: US TIES WITH CUBA AND VENEZUELA; RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN; 
IRAN AND THE HOLOCAUST; 12/15/06; BUENOS AIRES 
 
 
¶1. SUMMARY STATEMENT 
 
Today's main international stories include the US relations with 
Cuba and Venezuela; the public image of Russian President Putin in 
the aftermath of the murder of former spy Litvinenko; and Iran's 
move to promote a "historical revision" of the Holocaust. 
 
All local newspapers reported on a reception for Argentine 
journalists offered yesterday by US Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne 
and on the US Ambassador's meeting with Argentine Foreign Minister 
Jorge Taiana, during which GSP extension was discussed. 
 
¶2. OPINION PIECES 
 
- "The US will attempt to improve ties with Cuba and Venezuela" 
 
Hugo Alconada Mon, Washington-based correspondent for 
daily-of-record "La Nacion," writes (12/15) "According to State 
Department officials and Congressional representatives, the US 
political establishment will try 'to build new bridges' with Cuba 
and Venezuela, its greatest opponents in Latin America, in an 
attempt to improve ties with both countries and 'strengthen 
democratic harmony' in the rest of the hemisphere. 
 
"Republicans, both inside and outside the Bush administration, and 
Democratic legislators have said that they will seek to improve ties 
with President Hugo Chavez, although they acknowledge there is 
disagreement on the possibility of an eventual dialogue with the 
Cuban regime even after Raul Castro expressed his will to smooth 
US-Cuban bilateral ties... 
 
"US Assistant Secretary of State Tom Shannon said yesterday: 'We 
believe that, with so many new governments in the region, 2007 will 
be a year to establish a dialogue with them, while reaffirming our 
ties with countries that have not had elections.' Shannon also said 
that there will be a dialogue 'without conditions' with Venezuela. 
 
"US Ambassador to Caracas William Brownsfield met yesterday with FM 
Nicolas Maduro, a move Shannon termed 'an important step forward' in 
the (USG) relationship with the Chavez administration." 
 
¶3. EDITORIALS 
 
- "Concern over Putin's Russia" 
 
An editorial in daily-of-record "La Nacion" reads (12/15) "The 
international community's concern over increased authoritarianism, 
unsolved murders, repeated abuse of power and general deterioration 
in the rule of law in the Russian Federation has relentlessly 
mounted since Vladimir Putin took over the presidency of the country 
in 2000. 
 
"The recent murder in London of former Russian spy Alexander 
Litvinenko only deepens such concern. 
 
"... It is imperative that the Russian Federation cooperate with 
Interpol and German and British police forces in actively 
investigating the murder of Litvinenko... 
 
"... The clarification of the murder of former spy Litvinenko is 
crucial bearing in mind the extended suspicion about the Putin 
administration's image." 
 
- "The manipulation of history" 
 
An editorial in leading "Clarin" reads (12/15) "The Iranian 
government's decision to organize an international seminar to 
'revise the Holocaust' means taking the Middle East conflict to the 
field of historic and academic debate. 
 
"The historic veracity of the Holocaust... has been entirely and 
sufficiently proved... 
 
"... It is the first time a government fosters an international 
activity inviting to revise and downplay the Holocaust and question 
the State of Israel's historic legitimacy. Both purposes deserve the 
most emphatic disapproval." 
 
To see more Buenos Aires reporting, visit our 
classified website at: 
http://www.state.sqov.gov/p/wha/buenosaires 
 
WAYNE