UNCLAS SAO PAULO 000224
STATE INR/R/MR; IIP/R/MR; WHA/PD
DEPT PASS USTR
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KMDR OPRC OIIP XM XR XF BR
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: WESTERN HEMISPHERE: CUBA, GOVERNANCE;
LOOKING AHEAD TO THE SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS; EAST ASIA AND PACIFIC:
PLANNED MISSILE LAUNCH, SOUTH KOREA; SAO PAULO
"The poisoned cellular"
Op-Ed in liberal Folha de S. Paulo (4-15) by columnist Clovis Rossi
states: "Smart guy this Obama. Introduced in the package of goodness
for Cuba a poisoned dart in the form of cellular and
computers....What's so smart about it? Simple: information is power.
The ones that have total control of information, as it happens in
totalitarian countries like Cuba, have more facility to control
power and to extend the control for longer time....[Now] it won't be
easy to hold the archaism of the regime."
"Obama's policy for the Americas at the OAS stage"
Editorial in business oriented Valor Econtmico (4-15) says: "U.S.
foreign policy, now under Barack Obama's command, is changing in
various fronts and is not clear yet which will be its Latin American
face, it will begin to be designed at the Summit [of the Americas].
Its main axis will turn around the presentation of Barack Obama's
intentions for the Hemisphere - not a priority in relation to the
many and urgent worries of the U.S. diplomacy - and we should not
expect much more beyond that....Lula's government will keep playing
a role of conflict mediator in the region, a task that will be
facilitated by Obama's agenda of seeking deals instead of conflicts.
The main problem for Brazil won't be the U.S., as it wasn't with
Bush, but its turbulent neighbors."
"Gradual opening for Cuba"
Editorial in center-right O Estado de S. Paulo (4-15) notes: "The
modest release of those measures [to ease restrictions to Cuba, made
by Obama's advisors and not by himself] was symptomatic....But
Washington's attitude towards Castro's regime continues to be one of
the most delicate issues - of internal policy - in the U.S. If the
new president's intention is to review the relationship with the
island, he left it clear that he chose to walk in this direction
with calculated steps in order to avoid antagonisms with the
Republican opposition in Congress and to avoid a surprise of an
adverse reaction from Raul Castro's government.....At least, up
until now, the Cuban regime is doing its part. It asked not to
discuss the embargo at the Summit of the Americas and requested that
the news [on the easing of U.S. restrictions] was aired on state
"North Korea missile: reason for disappointment"
Op-ed in liberal Folha de S. Paulo (4-15) by Republic of Korea
Ambassador Kyu Hyung Cho notes: "....There was a clear violation of
the U.N. Security Council resolution 1,718 [in the launch of a
missile by North Korea]. It was not only a provocative act to the
security and peace of the Korean peninsula and northeast Asian, but
also a rupture of the treaty with all the international
community....the attention of influent and responsible countries of
the international community becomes even more necessary to exhort
Pyong-yang to resume the dialogue and to go back to the Six-Party
Talks negotiating table (U.S. Russia, Japan, China and the two
Koreas)....What is expected from the N. Korea is that, as a
responsible country and member of the international community, it
resumes the dialogue with South Korea and be ready to open up [to
the outside world] and make reforms that will enhance the quality of
life of its people."