US embassy cable - 05CAIRO2481

GAINING SUPPORT FROM EGYPT ON MAGON DAVID ADOM EMBLEM ISSUE

Identifier: 05CAIRO2481
Wikileaks: View 05CAIRO2481 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Cairo
Created: 2005-03-29 16:10:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PGOV PHUM PREF EG IS SW ICRC
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C O N F I D E N T I A L CAIRO 002481 
 
SIPDIS 
 
GENEVA FOR RMA 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/29/2015 
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, PHUM, PREF, EG, IS, SW, ICRC 
SUBJECT: GAINING SUPPORT FROM EGYPT ON MAGON DAVID ADOM 
EMBLEM ISSUE 
 
REF: A. STATE 54788 
 
     B. STATE 45505 
     C. CAIRO 2058 
     D. CAIRO 1798 
     E. STATE 31746 
     F. STATE 29327 
 
Classified by Acting DCM Michael Corbin for reasons 1.4 (b) 
and (d). 
 
1.  (C) During a March 29 meeting with Ambassador Ahmed 
Fathalla, MFA Assistant Minister for Multilateral Affairs, 
the Acting DCM requested Egyptian support for a possible 
Swiss-convened conference on a Third Protocol and inclusion 
of Israel's Magen David Adom (MDA) national society into the 
Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement.  Noting that the Charge 
d'Affaires would raise the same issue March 30 with the 
Egyptian Foreign Minister, the Acting DCM emphasized the 
importance of this issue to the USG. 
 
2.  (C) Fathalla and United Nations Office Director Hani 
Saleem explained GOE views regarding the MDA issue.  Largely 
repeating earlier admonitions (ref B) that the Swiss direct 
their energies at reconvening the "Friends of the Chair" 
Group to discuss the MDA issue, Saleem noted that the GOE had 
in the past worked through the Organization of Islamic 
Conferences (OIC) bloc on the issue.  Saleem stated that when 
earlier negotiations on a Third Protocol had collapsed in 
2000, "three or four" issues involving the emblem and other 
technical items remained on the table to be worked out by 
delegations in Geneva.  Those issues, he claimed, needed to 
be addressed for such a conference to be successful.  The 
Acting DCM stressed that the Swiss were interested in 
positive political signals of support from key Arab states in 
order to move forward.  While technical details might have to 
be addressed, it was important that Egypt show flexibility 
and support in order to address this humanitarian issue. 
 
3.  (C) Fathalla responded that the GOE would consider its 
position on the issue and asked whether the Swiss would be 
approaching the GOE directly.  He noted that the new Swiss 
Ambassador had requested a courtesy call on Fathalla next 
week.  The Acting DCM noted our expectation that the Swiss 
would raise this topic. 
 
 
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