DOS Cable re: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Press Guidance on Peru, Venezuela and Guantanamo Bay

Cable discusses the U.S. government's knowledge of Vladimiros Montesinos' actions/dealings in Peru and a notice to U.S. citizens in Venezuela. Also, there is a brief discussion on the treatment of detainees in Guantanamo.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2002
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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE REVIEW AUTHORITY: SHARON E AHMAD DATE/CASE ID: 03 NOV 2004 200303827
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ALL POSTS FOR PAO, USSOCOM FOR POLAD
E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: OPRC, KPAO SUBJECT: WHA GUIDANCE, JANUARY 23, 2002
SUMMARY OF CONTENTS: , 1. WHA PRESS GUIDANCE, JAN 23 (PERU, VENEZUELA)

2. S/WCI-L PRESS GUIDANCE, JAN 23 (DETAINEES/GUANTANAMO
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1. WHA PRESS GUIDANCE, JANUARY 23, 2002

-- PERU: MONTESINOS ALLEGATIONS --

Q: ANYTHING.TO SAY ABOUT ALLEGED U.S. KNOWLEDGE OF

MONTESINOS DEATH SQUAD INVOLVEMENT?
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A: THESE ARE NOT NEW ALLEGATIONS. THEY WERE WIDELY
PUBLICIZED IN PERU IN MAY OF 1993. THE ALLEGATIONS WERE
INCLUDED IN OUR 1993 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT ON PERU.

Q: WHY DID THE U.S. GOVERNMENT CONTINUE TO DEAL WITH
MONTESINOS?

A: U.S. OFFICIALS NECESSARILY HAD CONTACT WITH MONTESINOS DUE
TO HIS POSITION AS DE-FACTO HEAD OF THE PERUVIAN INTELLIGENCE
SERVICE AND HIS DESIGNATION BY THE FUJIMORI GOVERNMENT AS
LIAISON ON COUNTERNARCOTICS'PROGRAMS ) AN ISSUE OF VITAL

U.S. NATIONAL INTEREST. NEVERTHELESS, WE DID PUBLICLY RAISE
THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM, AS IN OUR 1993 HUMAN RIGHTS
REPORT.

-- VENEZUELA: CHAVEZ ARMING SUPPORTERS --

QUESTION: CAN YOU CONFIRM REPORTS THAT VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT
CHAVEZ IS ARMING SUPPORTERS IN PREPARATION FOR JANUARY 23
MARCHES AND DEMONSTRATIONS? WHAT IS YOUR REACTION?

A: WE HAVE NO INFORMATION TO CONFIRM . SUCH ALLEGATIONS.

OUT OF CONCERN FOR THE WELL BEING OF U.S. CITIZENS, OUR

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CONSULAR INFORMATION SHEET WARNS OF SPORADIC POLITICAL

DEMONSTRATIONS, WHICH MAY AT TIMES TURN VIOLENT, AND URGES

U.S. CITIZENS TO MONITOR THE LOCAL MEDIA OR CALL THE U.S.

EMBASSY FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. ON JANUARY 22, WE ISSUED
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THE FOLLOWING NOTICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN VENEZUELA:

VARIOUS POLITICAL EVENTS, INCLUDING DEMONSTRATIONS AND
MARCHES IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA OF CARACAS, ARE PLANNED FOR
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23. BECAUSE LARGE CROWDS ARE PREDICTED
FOR THESE EVENTS, STREET DISTURBANCES ARE POSSIBLE AS WELL AS
INCIDENTS OF PETTY CRIME. U.S. CITIZENS RESIDENT IN OR
VISITING CARACAS SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS SITUATION AND MAY
WISH TO AVOID THE DOWNTOWN MARCH ROUTES. FURTHER INFORMATION
ON TRAVEL IN VENEZUELA IS AVAILABLE ON THE EMBASSY WEB SITE:
HTTP://EMBAJADAUSA.ORG.VE .

2. S/WCI - L PRESS GUIDANCE, JANUARY 23, 2002

-- TREATMENT OF DETAINEES IN GUANTANAMO --

Q: PLEASE UPDATE GUIDANCE REBUTTING ALLEGATIONS OF THE
INHUMANE TREATMENT OF THE PRISONERS IN CUBA. DO WE HAVE A
INTERPRETATION OF THE GENEVA CONVENTION THAT ALLOWS US TO
DESIGNATE THE DETAINEES AS &UNLAWFUL COMBATANTSS AS OPPOSED
TO PRISONERS OF. WAR?

A: THE INDIVIDUALS BEING DETAINED AT GUANTANAMO ARE BEING
TREATED HUMANELY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS.

EACH DAY THE DETAINEES ARE GIVEN THREE CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE
MEALS.

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THEY HAVE DAILY OPPORTUNITIES TO SHOWER, EXERCISE AND RECEIVE
MEDICAL ATTENTION.

THE LEGAL STATUS OF THE DETAINEES IS UNDER REVIEW.

IT IS OF COURSE THE CASE THAT THESE DETAINEES ARE VERY
DANGEROUS PEOPLE, AND ALL APPRORIATE SECURITY PRECAUTIONS ARE
BEING TAKEN.

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WE ARE CONTINUING TO INVESTIGATE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE
DETAINEES AND AL QAEDA, AND ARE COLLECTING ANY RELEVANT

INFORMATION CONCERNING CRIMES THEY MAY HAVE COMMITTED.

THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR THE RED CROSS IS BEING GIVEN
ACCESS TO THE DETAINEES AT GUANTANAMO TO INSPECT THE
CONDITIONS THERE.

REFER YOU TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR FURTHER

INFORMATION.

POWELL

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