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2003-09-09 08:16:00
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MEDIA REACTION: UAE SUPPORT FOR IGC ABU MAZEN'S

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SIPDIS
TELEGRAM                                       September 09, 2003


To:       No Action Addressee                                    

Action:   Unknown                                                

From:     AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 4105 - UNKNOWN)         

TAGS:     OIIP, KMDR                                             

Captions: None                                                   

Subject:  MEDIA REACTION:  UAE SUPPORT FOR IGC ABU MAZEN'S       
          RESIGNATION PRESIDENT BUSH'S SPEECH UNSC IRAQ          

Ref:      None                                                   
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UNCLAS        ABU DHABI 04105

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

DISSEMINATION: PAO
CHARGE: PROG

APPROVED: PAO:HOLSIN-WINDECKER
DRAFTED: PAO:AALKHATIB
CLEARED: PAO:TPONCE

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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1604
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						UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ABU DHABI 004105 

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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, MOU; PARIS FOR O'FRIEL

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OIIP KMDR TC
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: UAE SUPPORT FOR IGC ABU MAZEN'S
RESIGNATION PRESIDENT BUSH'S SPEECH UNSC IRAQ



1. SUMMARY: THE UAE STATEMENT SUPPORTING THE PARTICIPATION OF
THE IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER'S PARTICIPATION IN THE ARAB FOREIGN
MINISTERS' CONFERENCE, THE RESIGNATION OF PALESTINIAN PRIME
MINISTER MAHMOUD ABBAS AKA ABU MAZEN, THE ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT
ON HAMAS LEADER SHEIKH AHMAD YASSIN, THE US DRAFT UNSC RESOLUTION
ON IRAQ, AND PRESIDENT BUSH'S SPEECH DOMINATED COVERAGE IN THE
UAE MEDIA. EDITORIALS IN BOTH "AL ITTIHAD" AND "AL KHALEEJ"
COMMENTED ON ABU MAZEN'S RESIGNATION. ANOTHER EDITORIAL IN "AL
KHALEEJ" UNDER THE HEADLINE "A EUROPEAN FALL," REMARKED ON THE
EU'S DESIGNATION OF HAMAS AS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. AN "AL
BAYAN" EDITORIAL SUPPORTED THE FRENCH POSITION TOWARDS THE US
DRAFT UNSC RESOLUTION. END SUMMARY.



2. UNDER THE HEADLINE "A EUROPEAN FALL," SHARJAH-BASED PAN-ARAB
DAILY "AL-KHALEEJ" EDITORIALIZED 9/08:

"RECORDING HAMAS ... ON THE EUROPEAN LIST OF TERRORISM IS A
DANGEROUS EUROPEAN FALL INTO THE AMERICAN-ISRAELI TRAP THAT
FORGES THE TRUTH FOR THE SAKE OF AN OCCUPATION THAT HAS NOTHING
TO DO WITH CIVILIZATION ... TERRORISM IS A ZIONIST
CHARACTERISTIC, IT IS ALSO THE TITLE OF THIS ENTITY THAT ENGAGES
IN MASSACRES, AND IT (ISRAEL) SHOULD BE RECORDED AT THE TOP OF
THE WORLD'S LIST OF TERRORISM ... THE TERRIBLE THING IS WHAT IS
BEHIND THIS AMERICAN PHASE, RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LOSS OF RIGHTS
AND THE MARGINALIZATION OF ITS PROTECTORS ..."



3. THE UAE'S OFFICIAL STATEMENT REGARDING IRAQ'S PARTICIPATION
IN ARAB FOREIGN MINISTERS' MEETING WAS CARRIED FULL TEXT IN ALL
ARABIC AND ENGLISH DAILIES ON 9/07, AND READS AS FOLLOWS:

"SHEIKH HAMDAN BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN, MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN
AFFAIRS, TODAY INFORMED HOSHYAR ZEBARI, FOREIGN MINISTER IN THE
NEW IRAQI GOVERNMENT, OF THE UAE'S SUPPORT FOR HIS PARTICIPATION
IN THE ARAB FOREIGN MINISTERS' MEETING DUE TO BE HELD IN CAIRO
TOMORROW. DURING A TELEPHONE CONVERSATION WITH HIM, SHEIKH
HAMDAN ALSO AFFIRMED THE UAE'S SUPPORT FOR THE IRAQI GOVERNING
COUNCIL AND THE NEW IRAQI GOVERNMENT IN THEIR EFFORTS AIMED AT
RESTORING SECURITY AND STABILITY TO IRAQ AS WELL AS ITS
RECONSTRUCTION."



4. COMMENTING ON THE RESIGNATION OF ABU MAZEN AND THE
ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON SHEIKH AHMED YASSIN, ABU DHABI-BASED
SEMI-GOVERNMENT "AL ITTIHAD" EDITORIALIZED 9/07:

"... THE SITUATION ESCALATED AND REACHED ITS PEAK YESTERDAY
THROUGH THE TARGETING OF HAMAS'S LEADER. ALSO, THE RESIGNATION
OF THE PALESTINIAN PRIME MINISTER ESTABLISHED THE REALITY OF THE
DIVISION AND CONFLICT IN THE (PALESTINIAN) NATIONAL AUTHORITY
THAT HAS BEEN FOCUSED ON THESE CONFLICTS INSTEAD OF TRYING TO
OBTAIN A CLEAR VISION OF HOW TO CONFRONT THE CONTINUOUS ATTACKS
... WITH THE OBVIOUSNESS OF THE GOALS OF THE ZIONIST RIGHT WING,
WHICH STAMPED THE ISRAELI COMMUNITY WITH THE CHARACTERISTIC OF
RADICALISM, THE PALESTINIANS MUST, TODAY MORE THAN ANY OTHER
TIME, UNITE AND PUT ALL CONFLICTS ASIDE ..."



5. NOTING THAT THE CONFLICT AMONG THE PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT,
WHICH WAS REVEALED BY ABU MAZEN'S RESIGNATION, IS SOMETHING THAT
COULD BE SOLVED AND OVERCOME, AND THAT ISRAEL IS THE REAL
PROBLEM, "AL-KHALEEJ" EDITORIALIZED 9/07:

"... SO, THE PALESTINIAN PROBLEM IS NOT WITH THE ROADMAP OR THE
PEOPLE WHO PUT IT, BUT IT IS WITH ISRAEL AND THEIR STRATEGY OF
TARGETING (PALESTINIAN LEADERS) THAT DENIES THE PALESTINIANS ANY
JUST SOLUTION THAT COULD RETURN THEIR ELIGIBLE RIGHTS TO THE
PALESTINIAN PEOPLE, AND ALSO WITH THE U.S. WHO ARE SUPPORTING
ISRAEL AND CONSIDERING THIS TO BE PART OF THEIR WAR AGAINST
TERRORISM, SINCE RESISTANCE HAS BECOME TERRORISM AND KILLING,
DESTROYING, AND ASSASSINATING HAS BECOME SELF PROTECTION ...
ISRAEL IS THE PROBLEM, AND NO ONE ELSE. THIS PROBLEM SHOULD NOT
BE MINIMIZED TO A CONFLICT BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE WHILE SHARON IS
SLAUGHTERING EVERYONE."



6. COMMENTING ON THE FRENCH POSITION ON THE US DRAFT UNSC
RESOLUTION ON IRAQ, DUBAI-BASED BUSINESS-ORIENTED "AL BAYAN"
EDITORIALIZED 9/06:

"... THE FRENCH POSITION IS THE RIGHT ATTITUDE TO RE-ESTABLISH
SECURITY IN IRAQ, BECAUSE WITHOUT TRANSFERRING AUTHORITY AND
RESPONSIBILITY TO THE IRAQI PEOPLE, SECURITY WILL ALWAYS BE LOST
... THE THREE POSITIONS (OF FRANCE, GERMANY, AND RUSSIA) SHOW A
REAL DESIRE FOR THE RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF STABILITY AND SECURITY IN
IRAQ ..."



7. COMMENTING ON THE US DRAFT UNSC RESOLUTION ON IRAQ, "AL
KHALEEJ" EDITORIALIZED 9/06:

"... CHIRAC, SHROEDER AND OTHERS REALIZE THAT THE GOAL BEHIND THE
AMERICAN RESOLUTION SUBMITTED TO THE UN IS TO DRAG THE REST OF
THE COUNTRIES TO THE IRAQI QUAGMIRE UNDER THE UN FLAG, AND NOT TO
GET IRAQ OUT OF THE CURRENT OCCUPATION ... TRYING TO GO AROUND
INTERNATIONAL LEGITIMACY OR SEEKING TO USE IT FOR THE BENEFIT OF
THE AMERICAN POLICY WILL NOT SUCCEED BECAUSE OF THE AWARENESS
THAT THE U.S. IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE, AND GETTING OUT OF THIS
PROBLEM WON'T OCCUR EXCEPT BY GOING BACK TO THE UN ..."
WAHBA