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03ABUDHABI2287
2003-05-11 09:08:00
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Embassy Abu Dhabi
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MEDIA REACTION: IRAQ ROADMAP

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SIPDIS
TELEGRAM                                             May 11, 2003


To:       No Action Addressee                                    

Action:   Unknown                                                

From:     AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 2287 - UNKNOWN)         

TAGS:     OIIP, KMDR                                             

Captions: None                                                   

Subject:  MEDIA REACTION:  IRAQ ROADMAP                          

Ref:      None                                                   
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UNCLAS        ABU DHABI 02287

SIPDIS
CXABU:
    ACTION: PAO 
    INFO:   ECON POL AMB DCM 
Laser1:
    ACTION: PAO 

DISSEMINATION: PAO
CHARGE: PROG

APPROVED: PAO:KVANDEVATE
DRAFTED: PAO:AALKHATIB
CLEARED: PAO:TPONCE

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RHRMDAB RUCJACC RUCQSOC
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FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9892
RUENAAA/SECNAV WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
RUEHZM/GCC COLLECTIVE
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RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 0712
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RUCJACC/USCINCCENT MACDILL AFB FL//CCPA//
RUCQSOC/USCINCSOC MACDILL AFB FL//PA//
						UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ABU DHABI 002287 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA/ARP; NEA/PPD; NEA/RA; INR/R/MR; PA;
INR/NESA; INR/B; IIP/G/NEA-SA
WHITE HOUSE FOR PRESS OFFICE; NSC
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: IRAQ ROADMAP


UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ABU DHABI 002287

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA/ARP; NEA/PPD; NEA/RA; INR/R/MR; PA;
INR/NESA; INR/B; IIP/G/NEA-SA
WHITE HOUSE FOR PRESS OFFICE; NSC
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: IRAQ ROADMAP



1. SUMMARY: SECRETARY POWELL'S VISIT TO THE REGION, THE ONGOING
RECONSTRUCTION OF IRAQ, AND THE ROADMAP DOMINATED COVERAGE IN UAE
PRINT AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA. AN "AL BAYAN" EDITORIAL COMMENTED ON
SECRETARY POWELL'S VISIT TO THE REGION, LABELING THE OPTIMISM

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SURROUNDING THE VISIT AS "UNJUSTIFIED." AN "AL ITTIHAD"
EDITORIAL URGED PRESIDENT BUSH TO ESTABLISH A SOLID FOUNDATION
FOR A SETTLEMENT OF THE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT BEFORE THE END OF
HIS TERM. END SUMMARY.


2. SHARJAH-BASED PAN-ARAB DAILY "AL KHALEEJ" AND SISTER ENGLISH-
LANGUAGE DAILY "GULF TODAY" CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH U.S.
AMBASSADOR TO THE UAE, MARCELLE WAHBA, AT THE U.S. EMBASSY IN ABU
DHABI. BOTH "AL KHALEEJ" AND "GULF TODAY" PUBLISHED THE
TRANSCRIPT FULL-PAGE, IN ITS ENTIRETY, AND IN A Q & A FORMAT. IN
THE INTERVIEW, AMBASSADOR WAHBA DISCUSSED THE ROADMAP, THE
RECONSTRUCTION OF IRAQ, AND U.S. RELATIONS WITH SYRIA, IRAN, AND
THE UN. HEADLINES INCLUDED:

--"NEXT STEP IS THE ROADMAP; SYRIAN ROLE VITAL: WAHBA" (GULF
TODAY)
--"US FOCUS IS NOW ON THE PEACE ROADMAP" (GULF TODAY)
--"THE ROADMAP IS OUR NEXT STEP AND WILL NOT BE CHANGED OR
MODIFIED" (AL KHALEEJ)
--"AMERICA LOOKS FOR A POSITIVE, UNOBSTRUCTIVE ROLE FROM
DAMASCUS" (AL KHALEEJ)
--"IRAQIS SHOULD RULE THEIR COUNTRY, AND THE UNITY OF IRAQ IS OUR
TOP PRIORITY" (AL KHALEEJ)


3. COMMENTING ON ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER ARIEL SHARON'S ATTITUDE
TOWARDS THE CONTINUATION OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH SYRIA, "AL KHALEEJ"
EDITORIALIZED 5/10:

"... SHARON IS NOT IN A HURRY TO START NEGOTIATIONS WITH SYRIA,
SINCE THE REGIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, THE AMERICAN OCCUPATION OF
IRAQ, ARAB CONCESSIONS, AND THE UNLIMITED AMERICAN SUPPORT FOR
HIS ADMINISTRATION AND ITS AGGRESSIVE POLICIES ARE ALL REASONS
THAT ENCOURAGE HIM TO PLACE A STICK IN THE WHEELS TO STOP ANY
ATTEMPT AT PEACE. THAT IS WHY HE (SHARON) IS CONSIDERING
NEGOTIATIONS WITH SYRIA WITHOUT PRECONDITIONS ..."


4. COMMENTING ON THE OPTIMISM SURROUNDING SECRETARY OF STATE
COLIN POWELL'S VISIT TO THE REGION, DUBAI-BASED BUSINESS-ORIENTED
ARABIC DAILY "AL-BAYAN" EDITORIALIZED 5/10:

"... OPTIMISTS SHOULD BE REALISTIC IN DEALING WITH THIS VISIT AND
SHOULD NOT GIVE IT MORE CREDIT THAN IT DESERVES. ISRAEL HAS NOT
MADE A STRATEGIC DECISION FOR PEACE AS AN OPTION IN DEALING WITH
THE ARAB WORLD."


5. URGING PRESIDENT BUSH TO TAKE DECISIVE ACTION ON THE MIDDLE
EAST PEACE PROCESS, ABU DHABI-BASED SEMI-GOVERNMENT "AL ITTIHAD"
EDITORIALIZED 5/10:

"... WE KNOW THAT PRESIDENT BUSH, WHOSE TERM ENDS NEXT YEAR, WAS
ABLE TO SUCCEED IN BOTH AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ, BUT THE LITTLE TIME
HE HAS LEFT FOR HIS CURRENT TERM MIGHT NOT GIVE HIM TIME TO MAKE
A DIFFERENCE IN A COMPLICATED CONFLICT SUCH AS THAT IN THE MIDDLE
EAST; HE COULD HOWEVER AT LEAST ESTABLISH A FOUNDATION FOR AN
ONGOING SETTLEMENT TO PROVIDE ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE REGION WITH
SECURITY, PEACE, AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. HOWEVER, THIS MUST NOT BE
AT THE EXPENSE OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE AND THEIR RIGHT TO AN
INDEPENDENT COUNTRY."


6. REFERRING TO THE RECENT ATTACKS IN RIYADH AND ASSERTING THAT
TERRORISM IS SPREADING LIKE THE FLU IN THE MIDDLE EAST, "AL
ITTIHAD" EDITORIALIZED 5/09:

"... EXTERMINATING THOSE (TERRORISTS) AND ERADICATING THEM ... IS
AN INTERNATIONAL AND HUMAN RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL COUNTRIES AND
PEOPLE, SINCE THEY THREATEN EVERYONE AND DO NOT DIFFERENTIATE BY
SEX, RELIGION, COLOR OR LANGUAGE, AND THEY THREATEN SOULS,
PROPERTIES, AND CIVILIZATION IN ALL ITS ASPECTS. THE
INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST TERRORISM SHOULD BECOME STRONGER
THAN IN THE PAST, AND ALL ORGANIZATIONS, GOVERNMENTS, AND EVEN
ORDINARY PEOPLE SHOULD COOPERATE TO STOP THIS DANGER AND REVEAL
ITS SOURCES IN ORDER TO EXTERMINATE IT FROM THE WHOLE WORLD."


7. UNDER THE HEADLINE "A MAP WITH NO ROAD," "AL KHALEEJ"
EDITORIALIZED 5/08:

"... SHARON DOES NOT WANT A LEGAL ENTITY OR EVEN A REAL COUNTRY
FOR THE PALESTINIANS. AT THE BEST, HE WANTS RACIST CAMPS LIKE
THE 'BANTUSTANS' THAT WERE IN SOUTH AFRICA WHEN IT WAS RULED BY
APARTHEID OR TO BE OCCUPIED FOREVER WITHOUT RIGHTS. THE LIKUD
CONFIRMED THEIR REJECTION ESTABLISHING A 'REPUBLIC OF PALESTINE,'
WHICH MEANS THAT THE 'REPUBLIC' OF THE ROADMAP WILL NEVER SEE THE
LIGHT OF DAY EXCEPT AS DEMANDED BY THE ZIONISTS ..."


8. CRITICIZING SADDAM HUSSEIN'S REGIME, "AL ITTIHAD"
EDITORIALIZED 5/08:

"... THE COLLAPSED REGIME DID NOT LEAVE ANY GOOD DEEDS THAT COULD
LEAD TO ANY SYMPATHY FOR IT, IT LEFT ONLY MISERABLE MEMORIES ...
IT LEFT THE GRAVES OF AS MANY VICTIMS AS THERE ARE PALM TREES IN
IRAQ, TORTURE DENS AS LONG AS THE TIGRIS AND EUPHRATES, AND
INNUMERABLE EXECUTION FIELDS ..."

ALBRIGHT