US embassy cable - 98PARIS11954

FRANCE "DEPLORES" AND "CONDEMNS" PAKISTAN'S NUCLEAR TESTS

Identifier: 98PARIS11954
Wikileaks: View 98PARIS11954 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Paris
Created: 1998-05-29 04:47:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: MNUC PREL FR PK
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
O 290447Z MAY 98
FM AMEMBASSY PARIS
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6293
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C O N F I D E N T I A L PARIS 011954 
 
 
E.O. 12958:  DECL: 05/28/08 
TAGS:  MNUC, PREL, FR, PK 
SUBJECT:  FRANCE "DEPLORES" AND "CONDEMNS" PAKISTAN'S NUCLEAR TESTS 
 
CLASSIFIED BY POLMINCOUNS MICHAEL E. PARMLY.  REASON:  1.5(B). 
 
1. (U) THE FRENCH MFA (QUAI) RELEASED A STATEMENT LATE MAY 28 
SAYING THAT FRANCE "DEPLORES" AND "CONDEMNS" PAKISTAN'S FIVE 
NUCLEAR TESTS.  AN AFP STORY FOLLOWING THE DECLARATION ALSO NOTES 
FRANCE'S CONTINUING OPPOSITION TO SANCTIONS AND QUOTES FOREIGN 
MINISTER VEDRINE AS SAYING THAT, "EACH TIME THERE IS A SLIGHTLY 
COMPLICATED PROBLEM, IT IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO BRANDISH SANCTIONS AS 
A MIRACLE CURE."  IN THE QUAI STATEMENT, FRANCE ALSO UNDERSCORED 
ITS REGRET THAT PAKISTAN HAS NOT TAKEN CALLS FOR RESTRAINT INTO 
ACCOUNT AND SAID THAT THE TESTS RUN COUNTER TO WORLD EFFORTS TO 
HALT THE SPREAD OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. 
 
2. (C) QUAI INDIA DESK OFFICER FABRICE ETIENNE CONFIRMED TO US LATE 
ON 28 MAY THAT THE MEETING PLANNED FOR 29 MAY BETWEEN PAKISTANI 
SPECIAL ENVOY KHURSHID MAHMOOD KASURI AND SENIOR QUAI OFFICIALS 
WOULD TAKE PLACE AS SCHEDULED.  HE ALSO NOTED THAT THE QUAI WILL 
RECEIVE INDIAN P.M. VAJPAYEE'S PERSONAL SECRETARY MISHRA ON JUNE 2 
IN PARIS.  (NOTE: EMBASSY IS REPORTING VIA SEPTEL RESULTS OF DAS 
EINHORN'S TALKS WITH FRENCH QUAI ON NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENTS IN SOUTH 
ASIA.) 
 
3. (U) THE TEST OF THE FRENCH MFA DECLARATION FOLLOWS: 
 
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     "1 - WE HAVE LEARNED THAT PAKISTAN JUST COMPLETED FIVE NUCLEAR 
     TESTS.  FRANCE REGRETS THAT PAKISTAN DID NOT TAKE CALLS FOR 
     RESTRAINT INTO ACCOUNT.  FRANCE DEPLORES AND CONDEMNS THESE 
     TESTS WHICH RUN COUNTER TO WORLD EFFORTS AGAINST NUCLEAR 
     PROLIFERATION AND A BAN ON NUCLEAR TESTS." 
 
     "2 - AS WE HAVE ASKED OF INDIA, FRANCE CALLS ON PAKISTAN TO 
     CONDUCT NO FURTHER TESTS, TO JOIN THE CTBT AND PARTICIPATE IN 
     NEGOTIATIONS ON THE FMCT." 
 
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4. (C) COMMENT:  FRANCE WAS ONLY "PREOCCUPIED" WITH THE INDIAN 
TESTS AND YET HAS "DEPLORED" AND "CONDEMNED" PAKISTAN'S RIPOSTE. 
EMBASSY WILL PURSUE THIS DISCREPANCY. 
 
 
ROHATYN 

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