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03ABUDHABI2343 2003-05-14 08:13:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Abu Dhabi
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MEDIA REACTION: EXPLOSIONS IN RIYADH ROADMAP

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SIPDIS
TELEGRAM                                             May 14, 2003


To:       No Action Addressee                                    

Action:   Unknown                                                

From:     AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 2343 - UNKNOWN)         

TAGS:     OIIP, KMDR                                             

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Subject:  MEDIA REACTION:  EXPLOSIONS IN RIYADH ROADMAP          
          REBUILDING IRAQ                                        

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    ACTION: PAO 
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    ACTION: PAO 

DISSEMINATION: PAO
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DRAFTED: PAO:AALKHATIB
CLEARED: PAO:TPONCE

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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: EXPLOSIONS IN RIYADH ROADMAP
REBUILDING IRAQ



1. SUMMARY: THE EXPLOSIONS IN RIYADH'S RESIDENTIAL EXPATRIATE
COMPOUNDS, ISRAEL'S UNWILLINGNESS TO "ACCEPT" THE ROADMAP,
SECRETARY POWELL'S VISIT TO SAUDI ARABIA, AND THE RECONSTRUCTION

SIPDIS
OF IRAQ DOMINATED COVERAGE IN UAE PRINT AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA. AN
"AKHBAR AL ARAB" EDITORIAL URGED THE U.S. TO RETHINK THEIR
STRATEGY IN THE REGION FOLLOWING THE EXPLOSIONS IN RIYADH. AN
"AL ITTIHAD" EDITORIAL DESCRIBED SECRETARY POWELL'S VISIT TO
ISRAEL AND PALESTINE AS A "DISAPPOINTMENT." END SUMMARY



2. COMMENTING ON THE EXPLOSIONS IN RIYADH, ABU DHABI-BASED PAN-
ARAB DAILY "AKHBAR AL ARAB" EDITORIALIZED 5/14:

"... THE EXPLOSIONS IN RIYADH REMIND US OF THE IMPORTANCE THAT
WASHINGTON REVIEW ITS POLICIES IN THE REGION, WHETHER IT RELIES
TOTALLY ON ITS MILITARY POWER WHEN DEALING WITH THE REGION'S
ISSUES, OR WHETHER IT TOTALLY SUPPORTS ISRAEL'S USE OF FORCE
AGAINST THE PALESTINIANS. IT ALSO REMINDS THE PEOPLE OF THE
REGION THAT THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS AMONG THEM WHO HAVE FALLEN INTO
MAZES OF DARKNESS THAT PROVIDE NO BENEFIT TO ANY CAUSE AND ONLY
PROVIDE DISTORTED IMAGES TO ARABS AND MUSLIMS ..."



3. CRITICIZING THE U.S. RESPONSE TO ISRAEL'S UNWILLINGNESS TO
"ACCEPT" THE ROADMAP, SHARJAH-BASED PAN-ARAB DAILY "AL KHALEEJ"
EDITORIALIZED 5/14:

"... IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THE MAP REQUESTED FOR IMPLEMENTATION IS
THAT OF A 'BLOODY MAP' ON THE PALESTINIAN SIDE, AND THE ROAD THAT
OF A ROAD TO PERPETUATE THE RAPE OF PALESTINE FOREVER. IF THE
ARABS DON'T CHANGE THEIR METHODS OF DEALING WITH THE MOTHER
(PALESTINIAN) CAUSE, THEN THE U.S.-ISRAELI CAMPAIGN WILL PROPOSE
ADDITIONAL 'ROADMAPS,' NOT ONLY FOR PALESTINE, BUT FOR OTHER ARAB
COUNTRIES AS WELL."



4. DESCRIBING SECRETARY POWELL'S VISIT TO ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
AS A "DISAPPOINTMENT," ABU DHABI-BASED SEMI-GOVERNMENT "AL
ITTIHAD" EDITORIALIZED 5/13:

"... U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL WAS NOT ABLE TO HIDE
HIS DISAPPOINTMENT AND FAILURE AFTER HIS VISIT TO ISRAEL AND THE
PALESTINIAN LANDS. IN CAIRO YESTERDAY, HE EMPHASIZED CLEARLY
THAT THE ISRAELI SIDE DID NOT USE THE TERM 'ACCEPT' FOR THE
ROADMAP ... THE DREAMS AND HOPES FOR A NEW MIDDLE EAST LIVING IN
PEACE AND ECONOMIC PROSPERITY WILL NOT BE ACCOMPLISHED AS LONG AS
TANKS, BULLDOZERS, AND WATERFALLS OF BLOODSHED CONTINUE DAILY IN
PALESTINIAN AREAS ..."



5. UNDER THE HEADLINE "ARAB HANDS REACHING OUT FOR PEACE," DUBAI-
BASED BUSINESS-ORIENTED ARABIC DAILY "AL-BAYAN" EDITORIALIZED
5/12:

"... ARAB HANDS ARE REACHING OUT FOR PEACE, AND THE WHOLE WORLD
REALIZES THIS, BUT THE OTHER SIDE DOES NOT CARE. ALL EVIDENCE
ASSURES US THAT 'THE SITUATION WILL REMAIN AS IS' UNLESS THE U.S.
TAKES A JUST STANCE TO FORCE ISRAEL TO ACCEPT WHAT INTERNATIONAL
LAW REQUIRES ..."

WAHBA