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C O N F I D E N T I A L SANAA 000338 SIPDIS E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/18/2013 TAGS: PREL, PARM, IZ, AL, YM SUBJECT: YEMENI FOREIGN MINISTER ON IRAQ AND THE ARAB LEAGUE MINISTERIAL IN CAIRO Classified By: Acting Pol/Econ Chief Catherine J. Westley for Reason 1. 5 (b,d) 1. (C) Summary: The Iraq situation and the recent Arab League ministerial were discussed when the Ambassador called on Foreign Minister Qirbi on February 18. Notably, according to Qirbi the Yemenis and other Arab countries did not buy into the French proposals on inspections, despite their appreciation for the French and German stances against military action. Yemen's missile cooperation with North Korea and other matters were also discussed during the meeting (septels). Also present at the meeting were MFA Advisor al-Iryani, DCM, DATT and Acting Pol/Econ Chief (notetaker). End Summary. 2. (C) While giving the Foreign Minister a readout of his recent Washington consultations, the Ambassador said that there is total commitment on the part of the USG that Iraq must disarm. He also noted that there is a preference for working through the UNSC and the international community, but that at the end of the day Iraq must disarm. 3. (C) Qirbi gave a readout of the recent Cairo meeting of Arab League foreign ministers. He said that they heard from the Saudis, the Syrians, the Iraqis, and that there is "nothing new" as far as the sequence of events is concerned. He said that the "striking issue" was the degree of Iraqi cooperation and its stated commitment to answer questions from the inspectors and eliminate WMD. Qirbi opined that what Iraq said may or may not be correct, but if it is correct, they are moving in the right direction. 4. (C) Qirbi said that the Arab delegations urged Iraq to "abide by and implement" UNSCR 1441 in its entirety. He noted that there was unanimous opposition to military action unless all peaceful means of resolving the problem are exhausted. He said that until there is a clear statement from the inspectors that Iraq is not cooperating, those peaceful means remain open. However, he mentioned the possibility that time limits might be imposed. 5. (C) Qirbi said the French and German positions against military action were appreciated, but that the ROYG and most Arab states do not/not agree with their proposals regarding inspectors. He suggested that the Arab delegations are mindful of not taking advantage of the split between the French and German governments and the U.S. and other European governments. Rather, the Arab position would be to pressure Iraq toward an outcome acceptable to both France and the U.S., meaning both no war and complete disarmament. 6. (C) The Ambassador said it was useful for the AL member states to be clear on Iraq's responsibilities to disarm. The Ambassador mentioned specifics from Secretary Powell's February 14 UNSC speech, and noted that time will tell if Iraq does decide to change its course and disarm. Qirbi said that the U.S. has a major responsibility to support the inspectors (read: through intelligence provision). 7. (C) Ambassador Hull stressed the need to sustain pressure on Baghdad. Even Iraq's recent participation in the Tripartite Committee on Gulf War missing was solely the result of international pressure, as Iraq had long boycotted the meetings. Still, Iraq refuses to account for Kuwaiti missing. Saddam Hussein responds to pressure and nothing else, said the Ambassador. Qirbi nodded in agreement, acknowledging that Yemen's own diplomatic efforts to resolve this problem were fruitless as a result of Iraqi intransigence. 8. (C) FM Qirbi agreed that all should continue to pressure Iraq, but added that pressure needs to also be placed on the U.S. and its allies not to be hasty in the use of military force. 9. (C) Comment: It is notable that the Yemenis and other Arab states did not buy the French proposal on inspections. The French Ambassador told Ambassador Hull on February 17 that Paris had tasked him with demarching on the proposals throughout the Eid holiday. Apparently his efforts did not influence the Yemeni position. End Comment. HULL
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