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2003-03-02 14:26:00
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MEDIA REACTION: ARAB SUMMIT UAE PLAN FOR IRAQ

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TELEGRAM                                           March 02, 2003


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From:     AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 1031 - UNKNOWN)         

TAGS:     OIIP, KMDR                                             

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Subject:  MEDIA REACTION:  ARAB SUMMIT UAE PLAN FOR IRAQ         

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    ACTION: PAO 

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APPROVED: DCM:RALBRIGHT
DRAFTED: PAO:AHOSHAN
CLEARED: PAO:TPONCE

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						UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ABU DHABI 001031 

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STATE FOR NEA/ARP, NEA/PPD, NEA/RA; INR
SECDEF FOR OASD/PA
USCINCCENT FOR POLAD
LONDON FOR GOLDRICH; PARIS FOR O'FRIEL

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OIIP KMDR TC
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: ARAB SUMMIT UAE PLAN FOR IRAQ

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ABU DHABI 001031

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA/ARP, NEA/PPD, NEA/RA; INR
SECDEF FOR OASD/PA
USCINCCENT FOR POLAD
LONDON FOR GOLDRICH; PARIS FOR O'FRIEL

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OIIP KMDR TC
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: ARAB SUMMIT UAE PLAN FOR IRAQ


1. SUMMARY: THE ARAB SUMMIT IN SHARM EL-SHEIKH RECEIVED PRIMARY
AND EXTENSIVE COVERAGE IN THE LOCAL MEDIA. NEWS REPORTING AND
EDITORIALS CRITICIZED THE ARAB SUMMIT FOR NOT INCLUDING SHEIKH
ZAYID'S PLAN FOR IRAQ IN ITS FINAL RESOLUTION. EDITORIALS
CRITICIZED THE ARAB LEADERS FOR NOT CONSIDERING OR DEBATING
SHEIKH ZAYID'S PLAN FOR IRAQ AS A POSSIBLE WAY OUT OF THE CURRENT
IMPASSE. AN "AL KHALEEJ" EDITORIAL STRONGLY CRITICIZED SECRETARY
POWELL'S REQUEST OF THE ARAB SUMMIT TO ADVISE SADDAM TO SEEK
EXILE AS A SHAMELESS DIPLOMATIC PLOY. END SUMMARY.


2. CRITICIZING ARAB ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE UAE'S INITIATIVE FOR
IRAQ PRESENTED TO THE ARAB SUMMIT, ABU DHABI-BASED SEMI-
GOVERNMENT "AL-ITTIHAD" EDITORIALIZED ON 3/02:

"... ZAYED ADVISED THE ARAB LEADERS OF THE EXPECTED EARTHQUAKE,
AND, WHILE IN DIRE NEED OF COUNSEL, THEY HAVE BEEN NEGLECTING ALL
ADVICE DURING THE PREVIOUS DECADES, NOT REALIZING THE GRAVE
CONCEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTIONS, WHICH CAUSED ALL (PREVIOUS) CRISES
IN THE FIRST PLACE ..."


3. REMARKING ON THE DECISIONS MADE AT AND THE U.S. ATTITUDE
TOWARDS THE ARAB SUMMIT, SHARJAH-BASED PAN-ARAB "AL KHALEEJ"
EDITORIALIZED ON 3/02:

"... GIVEN THE U.S. ATTITUDE OVERLOOKING THE INTERNATIONAL ANTI-
WAR MOOD, AND ITS INSISTANCE ON CHANGING THE FACTS AS A
JUSTIFICATION FOR ITS ATTACKS, IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THEY WILL TAKE
INTO CONSIDERATION THE DECISIONS MADE BY AN ARAB SUMMIT IN SHARM
AL SHEIKH, WHILE REALIZING THAT THE ARABS WERE NEVER SERIOUS
ABOUT ANY OF THEIR DECISIONS?"


4. COMMENTING ON THE UAE'S INITIATIVE ANNOUNCED TO THE ARAB
SUMMIT, ABU DHABI-BASED PAN-ARAB DAILY "AKHBAR AL ARAB"
EDITORIALIZED ON 3/02:

"... THE UAE'S INITIATIVE CALLING ON SADDAM TO STEP DOWN AND
LEAVE IRAQ WITH INTERNATIONAL GUARANTEES TO PROTECT HIS DIGNITY
IS A PRICE THAT SHOULD BE PAID TO AVERT WAR AND IS THE CHEAPEST
PRICE TO SAVE THE PEOPLE, THE COUNTRY, AND THE WHOLE REGION. THE
CONCEQUENCES OF ANY OTHER CHOICE ARE WELL-KNOWN BECAUSE THE U.S.
IS DETERMINED ON PLAYING TO THE VERY END TO TOPPLE THE IRAQI
REGIME."


5. COMMENTING ON THE ARAB SUMMIT AND THE AMERICAN DISDAIN FOR
IT, "AL KHALEEJ" EDITORIALIZED ON 3/01:

"... THE IRAQIS ARE THREATENED BY ANOTHER 'TRANSFER' WHEN
DISCUSSING THE EFFECTS OF THE ANTICIPATED BUSH-BLAIR WAR THAT
COULD LEAD TO THE EMIGRATION OF TWO MILLION IRAQIS. ACCORDING TO
STATISTICS, IT MIGHT ALSO CAUSE THE DEATHS AND INJURIES OF
ANOTHER MILLION AS A RESULT OF THE AMERICAN PLANS TO BOMB IRAQ
WITH THOUSANDS OF MISSILES. THE WHITE HOUSE IS PLANNING ON
TRANSFORMING IRAQ FROM AN ARAB COUNTRY INTO AN AMERICAN TERRITORY
IN THE HEART OF THE ARAB WORLD AND THEN APPLYING THIS "MODEL" IN
THE REGION ... THE LEAST THAT COULD BE SAID ABOUT THE
INSTRUCTIONS SUBMITTED TO THE ARAB SUMMIT BY COLIN POWELL, U.S.
SECRETARY OF STATE, IS THAT IT REPRESENTS A SHAMELESS DIPLOMATIC

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PLOY TO IMPOSE CERTAIN OPINIONS ON THE SUMMIT. THIS MUST URGE
THE ARABS TO TAKE A STRONG STAND IN THE SUMMIT FOLLOWING U.S.
DISDAIN OF ARABS AND ANYTHING THEY REPRESENT ... THE SUMMIT IS
REQUESTED TO ASSERT TO THE U.S THAT THE ARABS HAVE REACHED A
POINT WHERE THEY KNOW WHAT WORKS BEST FOR THEM. WHAT IS REQUIRED
IS A UNIFIED ARAB ATTITUDE AND NOT A RAMBLING STAND FED BY THE
U.S TO ACHIEVE ITS GOALS AND THOSE OF ISRAEL. WITHOUT THIS, THE
CHANCE WILL BE LOST, JUST AS OTHERS BEFORE IT, AND THERE WILL BE
NO NEED FOR ANY SUMMITS SINCE THE U.S. WILL BE POSITIONED IN THE
ARAB REGION CONTROLLING EVERYTHING. THE CURRENT IRAQI CRISIS,
AFTER THE PALESTINIAN CRISIS, WILL PAVE THE WAY FOR FURTHER
CRISES IN THE REGION."


6. NOTING SADDAM'S ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE ANTICIPATED WAR, EDITOR-
IN-CHIEF OF "AL-BAYAN" KHALED MUHAMMAD AHMAD WROTE ON 3/01:

"... AT A TIME WHEN THE WHOLE WORLD, AND THE ARAB WORLD IN
PARTICULAR, IS BUSY WITH THE ANTICIPATED U.S. WAR AGAINST IRAQ,
IRAQI NEWSPAPERS PUBLISHED 'SADDAM'S ORDERS' TO HIGHLY RANKED
OFFICIALS AND SENIOR MILITARY OFFICERS TO LOSE WEIGHT OR ELSE
LOSE PART OF THEIR WAGES AND OTHER PRIVALAGES ... SADDAM HAS
PUSHED THE ARABS INTO MANY WARS; THE WAR WITH IRAN WHICH ENDED
WITH IRAQ'S DEFEAT, AND 'THE MOTHER OF ALL BATTLES' WHICH ENDED
WITH THE COMPLETE COLLAPSE OF IRAQ. HOW DOES SADDAM WANT TO END
THIS THIRD WAR, WHICH SEEMS VERY IMMINENT? ARABS ARE HELPLESS
AND ARE EVEN UNABLE TO STOP IT!!"

WAHBA