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03ABUDHABI727 2003-02-11 04:36:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Abu Dhabi
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UAEG and Iraq ferry operator submit

Tags:   ETTC PREL PGOV EWWT MOPS IZ TC 
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CONFIDENTIAL

SIPDIS
TELEGRAM                                        February 11, 2003


To:       No Action Addressee                                    

Action:   Unknown                                                

From:     AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 727 - UNKNOWN)          

TAGS:     ETTC, PREL, PGOV, EWWT, MOPS                           

Captions: None                                                   

Subject:  UAEG AND IRAQ FERRY OPERATOR SUBMIT LETTERS TO         
          SANCTIONS COMMITTEE                                    

Ref:      None                                                   
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C O N F I D E N T I A L        ABU DHABI 00727

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

DISSEMINATION: POL
CHARGE: PROG

APPROVED: CDA:TEWILLIAMS
DRAFTED: CDA:TEWILLIAMS
CLEARED: CGD:RGOLSON, POL:STWILLIAMS, DAO:MWEAVER

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FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8363
INFO RHRMDAB/COMUSNAVCENT //N2/N3/N31CG// IMMEDIATE
RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC//J5//
RUENAAA/CNO WASHINGTON DC//N3/N5//
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHINGTON DC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 1134
RUCXONI/ONI WASHINGTON DC
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RUWDXEU/COMDESRON SEVEN
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					  C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 000727 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA/ARP, NEA/NGA, IO/UNP AND PM/ISO

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/09/07
TAGS: ETTC PREL PGOV EWWT MOPS IZ TC
SUBJECT: UAEG and Iraq ferry operator submit
letters to Sanctions Committee

REF: DUBAI 300



1. (U) Classified by Charge Thomas E. Williams
for reasons 1.5 (B) and (D).



2. (C) UK DCM contacted Charge 2/8 to inquire into
USG representations to the UAE on the issue of the Iraq
ferries. The UK diplomat noted that the UAEG was
claiming in New York to have the support of the U.S.
Embassy for the establishment of a U.N.-approved cargo
inspection facility in Dubai. Charge noted that our
consistent position is that the ferries are not
authorized to carry cargo, only passengers. The UK
Consul-General in Dubai subsequently provided CG Dubai
with texts of letters from the UAE's U.N. mission in
New York to the 661 Committee (the latest dated 1/31)
alleging -- based on a letter from UAE ferry operator
Naif Marine Services -- that an "agreement" has been
reached between Naif and "the MIF (Marine (sic)
Interdiction Force) and the United States Embassy in
Abu Dhabi" to allow inspection of cargo at Port Rashid
by "an independent representative reporting to the 661
Committee."



3. (C) This representation by Naif Marine Services,
repeated by the UAE mission, is simply incorrect. The
idea of establishing a U.N. inspection facility at Port
Rashid is an old one, which has been consistently
rebuffed because the ferries are not authorized by the
U.N. to carry cargo -- legitimate, inspected, or
otherwise. This clear message was most recently
delivered by the Ambassador directly to Dubai's de
facto ruler, Shaykh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum
(MBR) in January (see reftel). We believe Naif is
deliberately seeking to misrepresent our position now
because without the cargo, its operations will be
unprofitable. In recent low-level, operational
discussions with Naif personnel, Mission staff and, we
understand, MIF personnel, have been asked to comment
on various proposals to work around the cargo
restriction, but our response has been consistent:
current permission exists for passengers and their
personal effects only; any change to that status would
need to be decided by the UNSC.

WILLIAMS