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SUBJECT: Uruguay: Governing Coalition President Calls U.S. Role in Haiti ""Vital""
REF: MVD 60 AND PREVIOUS
Â¶1. Charg???? met with ruling Frente Amplio (FA) coalition
president Jorge Brovetto February 3 to explain the U.S. role in
Haiti disaster relief and underscore the extensive support the USG
is providing to Uruguayan peacekeepers in Haiti. She emphasized
the moral imperative our entire government and country feels to
come to the aid of Haiti, our full respect for the country's
sovereignty, one government response, and our close coordination
with MINUSTAH and other donors. She urged a joint public stance of
collaboration that reflects our joint work together on this vital
mission. Background: The FA issued a declaration January 28
articulating concern that ""hegemonic powers"" would take advantage
of the current situation, and incoming Minister of Defense Luis
Rosadilla, currently in Haiti, has made similar statements.
Â¶2. Brovetto explained that no one in the GOU or the Frente
Amlio coalition has the slightest doubt about the vital role the
USG is playing or the fact that our intentions are only to help the
people of Haiti. He added that he understands the significant U.S.
military presence is natural and necessary, because the U.S. armed
forces are the only organization in the world with the capacity to
really help. He characterized the January 28 FA declaration was
drafted by a political commission, and he had felt release of it
was a harmless way to let some leftist members of his coalition
blow off steam. Brovetto then made an unsolicited offer to discuss
the constructive and critical role of the U.S. effort in Haiti
during a February 4 gathering of the FA's legislative factions.
While this statement will not necessarily be publicized in the
press, he believes it will lay the groundwork for putting the issue
to rest. Charge agreed it would be extremely helpful. Brovetto
complimented the Embassy for keeping our media focus on the
positive message on the USG's help for the people of Haiti.