US embassy cable - 06NAIROBI1661

ICRC AGREES TO REPATRIATE SOMALI PIRATE SUSPECT'S REMAINS, BUT SEEKS ACCESS TO DETAINEES

Identifier: 06NAIROBI1661
Wikileaks: View 06NAIROBI1661 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Nairobi
Created: 2006-04-18 15:30:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL MARR PHSA ICRC SO KE
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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C O N F I D E N T I A L NAIROBI 001661 
 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/29/2026 
TAGS: PREL, MARR, PHSA, ICRC, SO, KE 
SUBJECT: ICRC AGREES TO REPATRIATE SOMALI PIRATE SUSPECT'S 
REMAINS, BUT SEEKS ACCESS TO DETAINEES 
 
REF: A. NAIROBI 1393 
 
     B. NAIROBI 1381 
     C. NAIROBI 1359 
     D. STATE 46195 
 
Classified By: Political Counselor Michael J. Fitzpatrick for reasons 1 
.4 (b,d) 
 
1. (C)  The Delegation of the International Committee of the 
Red Cross (ICRC) for Somalia (based in Nairobi) agreed to the 
Embassy's formal request (dated April 13) to facilitate the 
repatriation of the remains of the deceased Somali national 
to Somalia.  The ICRC's April 18 communication states "...the 
ICRC wishes to state its readiness to try and facilitate, 
provided specific requirements previously formulated by the 
ICRC to the U.S. Embassy are met, the repatriation of the 
remains of a deceased Somali national to Somalia and to hand 
the deceased over to his family." (NOTE: Post is still 
seeking formal agreement by the GOK to the transit of the 
deceased's remains through Kenya. END NOTE.)  The ICRC also 
reiterated its offer/request "with respect to visiting the 
persons detained by the United States in relation to maritime 
security operations off the Somali coastline." 
 
2.(C) COMMENT/ACTION REQUEST: The ICRC initially offered to 
facilitate the repatriation of the deceased's remains in 
conjunction with access to the detained suspects in 
mid-March. ICRC is patiently awaiting a response regarding 
access to the detainees.  Please advise ASAP regarding ICRC 
access to the Somali pirate suspects currently held under 
U.S. control. Please also advise re repatriation of the 
deceased.  END COMMENT/ACTION REQUEST. 
BELLAMY 

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