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06PARIS3487
2006-05-23 16:20:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Paris
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FRANCE SYMPATHETIC TO DEMARCHE ON MANAS AIRFIELD

Tags:   MARR  MOPS  PREL  NATO  KG  FR 
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DE RUEHFR #3487 1431620
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FM AMEMBASSY PARIS
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7737
INFO RUEHXP/ALL NATO POST COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHEK/AMEMBASSY BISHKEK PRIORITY 0311
RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW PRIORITY 5304
						C O N F I D E N T I A L PARIS 003487 

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/23/2016
TAGS: MARR MOPS PREL NATO KG FR
SUBJECT: FRANCE SYMPATHETIC TO DEMARCHE ON MANAS AIRFIELD

REF: STATE 081543

Classified By: Acting Political Counselor Bruce Turner, reason 1.4 b/d



1. (C) On May 22, we delivered reftel demarche to Xavier
Chatel, MFA official working on NATO, noting that U.S.
negotiations with the Kyrgyzs were ongoing. Chatel observed
that our request that France make a demarche to Kyrgyzstan
likely would be considered favorably by the GoF and promised
to get back to us with a more definitive answer soonest. He
noted that France and others had used Manas from time to
time, hence it was important that OEF and ISAF partners
stayed engaged on keeping the airfield accessible.



2. (C) In terms of substance, Chatel said that France had
heard rumors that Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)
members might pressure the Kyrgyzs to end the use of Manas
airfield by the international community. Additionally,
recent comments by Kyrgyzs President Bakiyev, as well as the
outcome of the last SCO summit, had not been encouraging.


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