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06ATHENS2178
2006-08-21 13:18:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Athens
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FM BAKOYANNIS TRAVEL TO MIDDLE EAST: CRAFTING THE

Tags:   CY  GR  IS  LE  MARR  MOPS  PGOV  PREL  PTER  UN 
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FM AMEMBASSY ATHENS
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE 0000
INFO RUEHAM/AMEMBASSY AMMAN PRIORITY 0538
RUEHLB/AMEMBASSY BEIRUT PRIORITY 0162
RUEHNC/AMEMBASSY NICOSIA PRIORITY 2626
RUEHTV/AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV PRIORITY 0555
RUEHJM/AMCONSUL JERUSALEM PRIORITY 0194
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0173
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FOR EUR/SE, NEA, IO

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/21/2016
TAGS: CY GR IS LE MARR MOPS PGOV PREL PTER UN
SUBJECT: FM BAKOYANNIS TRAVEL TO MIDDLE EAST: CRAFTING THE
MESSAGE

REF: USUN 1537

Classified By: DCM Thomas Countryman for Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

C O N F I D E N T I A L ATHENS 002178

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FOR EUR/SE, NEA, IO

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/21/2016
TAGS: CY GR IS LE MARR MOPS PGOV PREL PTER UN
SUBJECT: FM BAKOYANNIS TRAVEL TO MIDDLE EAST: CRAFTING THE
MESSAGE

REF: USUN 1537

Classified By: DCM Thomas Countryman for Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).


1. (C) FM Dora Bakoyannis will depart Athens on Tuesday
afternoon, August 22, for a tour of the Middle East. She
plans to visit Cyprus, Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel, and also
intends to meet with Palestinian leadership. (Her chief of
staff told DCM that she will not/not visit Syria.) The
announced purpose of her trip is to meet with her
counterparts and other political leaders to review
developments in the Middle East crisis in advance of Greece's
September Security Council Presidency. The GoG is still
considering its contributions to UNIFIL, although it has
expressed its preference for a naval contingent only.


2. (C) As Ambassador Ries expects to see FM Bakoyannis on
Tuesday before her departure, post requests input by OOB
August 22 from the Department on key issues which will impact
Greece's UNSC Presidency in September. Specifically:

-- What is Washington's current thinking on the Arab League
proposal to hold a Security Council ministerial on the
Palestinian issue during the Greek Presidency (reftel)?

-- What message would we like FM Bakoyannis to deliver to
Palestinian leaders?

-- USG thoughts on the strength of the cease-fire in the wake
of the Israeli raid into the Bekaa, and Syrian/Iranian
efforts to resupply Hizballah?

-- What is our assessment of the extent to which the UNIFIL
naval contingent will actively interdict/inspect ships (as
opposed to merely serving as a buffer between Lebanon and the
Israeli Navy)?
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