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03AMMAN1999
2003-04-03 08:59:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Amman
Cable title:  

TFIZO1: AMMAN SITREP 26 (4/03 1000 LOCAL)

Tags:   AEMR  AMGT  PREL  ASEC  CASC  CVIS  EFIN  ETRD  IZ  JO 
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L AMMAN 001999 

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/26/2013
TAGS: AEMR AMGT PREL ASEC CASC CVIS EFIN ETRD IZ JO
SUBJECT: TFIZO1: AMMAN SITREP 26 (4/03 1000 LOCAL)


Classified By: DCM Gregory L. Berry for reasons 1.5 (B)(D).

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General Overview
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1. (C) The Embassy will operate on a normal schedule April 3.
Consular services will be open. Activities at the American
Language Center will remain suspended. Movements of American
staff remain restricted.



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Consular Issues


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2. (U) No new issues.



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GOJ Actions/Statements


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3. (C) In an interview with the official news agency Petra
April 2, King Abdullah said that he is "in harmony with...
our people who reject the invasion of Iraq." He said that
Jordan had used its good offices with influential countries
to avert the war. He said that the Iraqi people should have
the right to choose their own leadership, and described as
"groundless" allegations that Jordan's airspace or territory
have been used for attacks on Iraq. "Frankly speaking, we
have been asked to open our airspace for military airplanes,
but we firmly rejected that," he said. The King's somewhat
stronger public stance against the war comes in reaction to
intense public pressure and nearly universal opposition to
the war.



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Security


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4. (SBU) Jordanian police reported no significant
demonstrations last night (April 2). They are, however,
expecting small demonstrations today (April 3) at the Union
University near the Sports City, and at Al-Ishra University
on the Airport Road south of Amman. On Friday, April 4,
after prayers, the police are expecting a large march from
the Hussein Mosque in downtown Amman to the Municipality of
Amman offices. This march has been approved by the
government. Additional demonstrations are also anticipated
in Ma'an, Irbid, Salt and the Bakaa and Wahdat Camps.



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Economic and Trade Developments


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5. (U) No new issues.



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Refugee/Humanitarian Issues


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6. (U) No new issues.



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Press


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7. (U) No new issues.

GNEHM