US embassy cable - 02ROME1220

FORMER KING ISSUES STATEMENTS REPUDIATING PRESS ARTICLES

Identifier: 02ROME1220
Wikileaks: View 02ROME1220 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Rome
Created: 2002-03-08 13:45:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PREL OPRC AF AFGHANISTAN
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This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS ROME 001220 
 
SIPDIS 
 
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AMCONSUL FLORENCE 
AMCONSUL MILAN 
AMCONSUL NAPLES 
 
UNCLAS ROME 001220 
 
SIPDIS 
 
ALMATY FOR EMBASSY DUSHANBE 
NSC FOR KHALILZHAD 
DEPARTMENT ALSO FOR SA/PAB, SA/PD, EUR/PPD, EUR/WE 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL, OPRC, AF, AFGHANISTAN 
SUBJECT: FORMER KING ISSUES STATEMENTS REPUDIATING PRESS 
ARTICLES 
 
REF: ROME 1207 
 
1.  THE OFFICE OF FORMER AFGHAN KING ZAHIR SHAH RELEASED THE 
FOLLOWING STATEMENTS TO THE PRESS ON MARCH 8, DESPITE THE 
DATE OF MARCH 7 THAT APPEARS ON THE STATEMENTS THEMSELVES. 
(COMMENT:  THE KING'S OFFICE DID NOT HAVE CONTACT INFO FOR 
MANY JOURNALISTS/MEDIA OUTLETS, SO IT IS LIKELY THAT THE 
STATEMENTS DID NOT RECEIVE WIDE DISTRIBUTION.  END COMMENT.) 
THE AFGHANS REQUESTED THAT WE "SEND THE STATEMENTS TO ANYONE 
WE WISHED" (PA ENSURED THAT ANSA AND "LA STAMPA" RECEIVED THE 
INFORMATION) AND ALSO THAT WE PASS THEM TO THE DEPARTMENT. 
 
2.  BEGIN TEXT, FIRST STATEMENT: 
 
PRESS RELEASE 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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ROME, MARCH 7, 2002 
 
THE SECRETARIAT OF HIS MAJESTY MOHAMMED ZAHER THE FORMER KING 
OF AFGHANISTAN INFORMS CONCERNED AUTHORITIES AND THE MASS 
MEDIA THAT REMARKS ATTRIBUTED ON MARCH 7, 2002 EDITION TO THE 
PERSON OF THE FORMER KING BY THE NEWSPAPER "LA STAMPA" ARE 
COMPLETELY ERRONEOUS AND HIGHLY MISLEADING. 
 
HIS MAJESTY THE FORMER KING OF AFGHANISTAN HAD, AT NO TIME, 
GRANTED OR CONCEDED AN INTERVIEW WITH THE ABOVE-MENTIONED 
NEWSPAPER. 
 
HIS MAJESTY THE FORMER KING OF AFGHANISTAN HAS BEEN FROM THE 
BEGINNING, COMMITTED TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY'S COMMON 
AND UNITED STRUGGLE AGAINST TERRORISM IN ALL ITS FORMS AND 
MANIFESTATIONS. 
 
END. 
 
(SEAL OF "SECRETARIAT OF HIS MAJESTY ZAHER SHAH") 
 
END TEXT, FIRST STATEMENT. 
 
3.  BEGIN TEXT, SECOND STATEMENT: 
 
PRESS RELEASE 
 
ROME, MARCH 7, 2002 
 
THE SECRETARIAT OF HIS MAJESTY THE FORMER KING OF AFGHANISTAN 
INFORMS THAT, REPORTS APPEARING IN VARIOUS NEWSPAPERS AND 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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MEDIUMS, STATING THAT THE FORMER KING'S HISTORIC RETURN TO 
HIS SACRED HOMELAND IS CANCELLED IS UNFOUNDED AND WITHOUT ANY 
BASIS. 
 
HIS MAJESTY THE FORMER KING OF AFGHANISTAN, WITH THE WILL OF 
ALMIGHTY GOD, SHALL RETURN TO AFGHANISTAN AT THE BEGINNING OF 
SPRING. 
 
END 
 
(SEAL OF "SECRETARIAT OF HIS MAJESTY ZAHER SHAH") 
 
END TEXT, SECOND STATEMENT. 
MINIMIZED CONSIDERED 
POPE 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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 2002ROME01220 - Classification: UNCLASSIFIED 


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