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03ABUDHABI1602 2003-04-02 13:35:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Abu Dhabi
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TFIZ01: IRAQIS REFUSE PERMISSION TO UAE RED

Tags:   EAID PREL PHUM PGOV IZ TC 
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CONFIDENTIAL

SIPDIS
TELEGRAM                                           April 02, 2003


To:       No Action Addressee                                    

Action:   Unknown                                                

From:     AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 1602 - UNKNOWN)         

TAGS:     EAID, PREL, PHUM, PGOV                                 

Captions: None                                                   

Subject:  TFIZ01: IRAQIS REFUSE PERMISSION TO UAE RED CRESCENT   
          SOCIETY TO DELIVER AID TO REGIME-CONTROLLED AREAS      

Ref:      None                                                   
_________________________________________________________________
C O N F I D E N T I A L        ABU DHABI 01602

SIPDIS
CXABU:
    ACTION: POL 
    INFO:   RSO AMB DCM P/M ECON 

DISSEMINATION: POL
CHARGE: PROG

APPROVED: DCM:RAALBRIGHT
DRAFTED: ECON:TEWILLIAMS
CLEARED: ECON:CMC, POL:STWILLIAMS

VZCZCADI958
OO RUEHC RUCNRAQ RUEKJCS RUMICEA RUEKJCS RUEHDE
DE RUEHAD #1602 0921335
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 021335Z APR 03
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9232
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUMICEA/USCINCCENT INTEL CEN MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI PRIORITY 2986
					  C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 001602 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR IRAQ TASK FORCE, ALSO NEA/ARP, NEA/RA,
NEA/EX, NEA/IPA, AND IO/UNP

E.O. 12958: DECL 04/02/08
TAGS: EAID PREL PHUM PGOV IZ TC
SUBJECT: TFIZ01: IRAQIS REFUSE PERMISSION TO UAE RED
CRESCENT SOCIETY TO DELIVER AID TO REGIME-CONTROLLED
AREAS

REF: ABU DHABI 1512



1. (U) Classified by DCM Richard A. Albright for
reasons 1.5 (B) and (D).



2. (C) Sana'a Al-Kitbi (strictly protect), Secretary-
General of the UAE Red Crescent Authority, told us on
the afternoon of April 2 that all UAE Red Crescent
humanitarian relief activities in Iraq are on hold.
The reason is that the Iraqis have officially refused
permission to the UAE to deliver aid in regime-
controlled areas. Al-Kitbi said that as a result of
the Iraqi decision, the only place the UAE could
deliver its aid would be Umm Qasr and its environs.
(Note: The Red Crescent had been planning to deliver
aid across the country, focusing on the neediest
areas, many of which they judge to be in regime-
controlled territory. End note.) The entire issue of
humanitarian aid for Iraq has now become -- because of
Iraq's refusal to cooperate -- a matter of enormous
political sensitivity. RCA humanitarian aid shipments
must wait until the UAE leadership decides how best to
respond.



3. (C) Comment: Al-Kitbi had earlier told us that
while Baghdad might refuse aid from Saudi Arabia and
Kuwait, she was confident that the Iraqis would grant
permission for Emirati relief activities because of
the UAE's long and close association with the Iraqi
Red Crescent Society (see reftel). That assessment
appears to have been incorrect. The Ambassador has
requested an early appointment with MFA Minstate (and
RCA Chairman) Shaykh Hamdan bin Zayid, and will use
the opportunity of that meeting to press for the UAE
to move forward to deliver its much-needed aid to
those areas in Iraq where it will be safe for them to
do so -- noting that that area is expanding every day.

Wahba