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Rigoberta Menchú Tum

Leaked cable: Colom calls Menchu 'a fabrication' ‎

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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A newly leaked U.S. diplomatic cable says Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom described Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchu as a "fabrication" of a French anthropologist.

According to the July 2008 cable released Sunday by WikiLeaks, Colom told then-ambassador James Derham that Menchu was "widely disliked by Guatemalan indigenous people" and cited her poor results in the 2007 presidential election as proof.

Colom also supposedly said she was partly responsible for inciting indigenous resistance to construction of a cement factory.

Menchu became an influential human rights advocate after the 1983 publication of "I, Rigoberta Menchu," written by French anthropologist Elizabeth Burgos.

In 1992, Menchu was awarded the Nobel peace prize for her work defending indigenous peoples around the world.

Colom spokesman Renaldo Robles said Monday the cable is full of "subjective opinions of former embassy personnel," and "the government reiterates its respect for Dr. Menchu."

The Menchu foundation and the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City declined to comment.

 

 

Jan 17, 2011

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