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Title: EL SALVADOR: DEMARCHE ON ADOPTION OF NUCLEAR

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07SANSALVADOR15262007-08-08 23:09:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy San Salvador
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SUBJECT: EL SALVADOR: DEMARCHE ON ADOPTION OF NUCLEAR 
TERRORISM CONVENTION DELIVERED 
 
REF: A. STATE 102149 
 
     ¶B. SAN SALVADOR 1485 
 
Classified By: Charge D'Affaires Michael A. Butler, Reasons 1.4 (b) and 
 (d) 
 
¶1. (U) Poloffs raised reftel A points during a July 23 
meeting with Mario Rivera, Director of Multilateral Affairs 
for the Salvadoran Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and 
Felix Ulloa, MFA advisor.  Rivera pointed out that El 
Salvador was a signatory to twelve of the thirteen 
counter-terrorism conventions and protocols, including the 
Nuclear Terrorism Convention (NTC), which El Salvador 
ratified in 2006.  He was confident that domestic 
anti-terrorism legislation was sufficient to comply with the 
provisions of the NTC. 
 
¶2. (C) In a side conversation, Ulloa mentioned that he had 
been part of the group that drafted El Salvador's 
counter-terrorism legislation.  He shared his disappointment 
that after a five-year effort spent formulating the 
legislation, it became unnecessarily politicized once it 
reached the National Assembly. 
 
¶3. (C) Comment: The MFA's measured response reflects the 
politically charged nature of the term 'terrorism' in El 
Salvador's current political context.  The government's 
recent attempt to use the anti-terrorism law to prosecute 
protesters (reftel B) has backfired and may spur the National 
Assembly into making some changes to the statute as the 
country draws nearer the 2009 elections.  While it is 
unlikely to alter El Salvador's compliance with 
counter-terrorism conventions, it highlights the challenges 
the government faces in the effective use of anti-terrorism 
law. End Comment. 
Butler