C O N F I D E N T I A L SANTIAGO 000929
STATE FOR WHA/BSC, IO, EUR
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/03/2016
TAGS: PREL UNSC PGOV CI VZ SP
SUBJECT: PRESIDENT BACHELET TO VISIT EUROPE
REF: SANTIAGO 00910
Classified By: Ambassador Craig A. Kelly. Reasons: 1.4 (b and d).
Â¶1. (SBU) In her first trip to Europe as president, Michelle
Bachelet will travel to Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and
Austria during the week of May 8-14. Bachelet is scheduled
to depart Santiago on May 8 and travel to Spain for a state
visit on May 9-10. After a brief stop in Bosnia and
Herzegovina, where she will visit Chilean peacekeepers,
Bachelet will travel to Vienna to attend the EU-Latin
American/Caribbean Summit on May 12.
Â¶2. (C) Comment: President Bachelet's European tour may offer
an opportunity for like-minded European countries to discuss
with Bachelet their concerns about Venezuela's activities in
the Western Hemisphere and Venezuela's UNSC candidacy. Post
notes that the more independent any European approaches on
Venezuela appear, the stronger will be the impact on Bachelet
and Chile (reftel).