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04SANAA877
2004-04-17 10:24:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Sanaa
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PSI: REQUEST TO ENDORSE STATEMENT OF INTERDICTION

Tags:   KNNP  MNUC  PREL  PARM  YM 
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L SANAA 000877 

SIPDIS

PASS TO NP, T AND EUR

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/13/2014
TAGS: KNNP MNUC PREL PARM YM
SUBJECT: PSI: REQUEST TO ENDORSE STATEMENT OF INTERDICTION
PRINCIPLES DELIVERED

REF: A. SECSTATE 79456

B. 03 SANAA 2487

C. 03 SANAA 2260

D. 03 SECSTATE 272470

Classified By: A/DCM Douglas Heisler for reasons 1.5 (b and d)



1. (c) On April 12, Pol/Econ Chief met with Ministry of
Foreign Affairs Director of the Two Americas Office
Abdul-Malik Abdul-Ghani Saleh and his Deputy, Dirham al-Saidi
to review the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)
Statement of Interdiction Principles (SOP) and request that
the ROYG make a public statement of support for both in
advance of the anniversary meeting in Krakow (ref a).
Pol/Econ Chief provided an additional copy of the questions
and answers on PSI (ref d) and reminded Saleh and al-Saidi
that the previous director had assured her that the
information on PSI was passed to the responsible parties in
the foreign minister's office, the prime ministry, and the
presidency (refs b and c). Pol/Econ Chief also reiterated
earlier requests for the ROYG's views on how the principles
could be incorporated into counter-terrorism efforts, as well
as whether there are legal or other impediments to supporting
PSI or the SOP. Saleh and al-Saidi did not provide any
substantive comment, but requested the SOP in Arabic as soon
as possible. On April 13, however, al-Saidi called Pol/Econ
Chief to confirm that the USG request had been forwarded to
the Foreign Minister.



2. (c) Neither Saleh nor al-Saidi were aware of the September
2003 letter from the UK Ambassador to Yemen to FM Qirbi
requesting that Yemen publicly support the PSI. On April 14,
Pol/Econ Chief spoke with British Ambassador Frances Guy, who
confirmed that the UK has not received a response to either
her September 14, 2003, meeting with FM Qirbi or the
subsequent letter. She said she followed-up with Deputy
Foreign Minister for Europe, the Americas and International
Organizations Mustapha Noman on February 11, but he has not
yet delivered on his assurances to get her a response.



3. (c) Comment: The lack of any response, despite US efforts
and UK appeals directly to the FM, indicates that Yemen may
not be entirely comfortable with the PSI and its SOP. Post
will continue to work with our British counterparts and other
G-8 partners, as appropriate, to seek Yemeni support for the
initiative. End comment.
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