Costa Rican Leader May Go to Cuba

Wednesday, August 25, 1999; 5:33 p.m. EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Costa Rican President Miguel Angel Rodriguez is not sure whether he will attend a regional summit scheduled for November in Havana, Cuba.

Argentina and Chile have already announced they will not attend the ninth Ibero-American Summit -- a meeting between Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American leaders -- to protest former the arrest of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on a Spanish extradition request.

But doubts about the summit in Rodriguez' administration have more to do with Cuba's human rights record, Foreign Minister Roberto Rojas said in an interview Wednesday with the San Jose newspaper La Nacion.

``We have always been concerned by human rights violations,'' he said.

Lower-level representatives would attend the Nov. 15-16 sessions in Rodriguez' place if he decides not to go, Rojas said.

Nicaraguan President Arnoldo Aleman, who has long-standing ties to the Cuban exile community in Miami, Fla., has already said he would skip the summit to protest Cuban policies.

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