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Cablegate: Pm's Office Releases Statement Denying

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THIS IS A CORRECTED COPY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL PTER PINS IZ
SUBJECT: PM'S OFFICE RELEASES STATEMENT DENYING
AUTHENTICITY OF AL-SADR LETTER


1. (U) The office of Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki issued a
written statement on February 4 denying the authenticity of a
letter, dated January 14 and circulating on the internet,
which summarized an alleged conversation he had with Moqtada
Al-Sadr to send senior Al-Mahdi members to Iran to protect
them from the new Baghdad Security Plan.

2. (U)Embassy informal translation of the statement is as
follows:

Begin Text

"The Office of the Prime Minister
February 4, 2007

- The Prime Minister Mr. Nouri Kamel Al-Maliki, who launched
The National Reconciliation Initiative has persevered in
rejecting favoratism toward any component of Iraqi society
while totally respecting each component. He strongly opposes
the policy of marginalization, exclusion and discrimination
and calls on everyone to work to spread and consolidate the
culture of brotherhood and tolerance.

- At a time when we remind people of these firm positions and
policies of the Prime Minister, which has become known to all
those who are fair and monitor Iraqi issues, we would like to
point out an intentional slander campaign through fabricated
statements attributed to the Prime Minister's office
regarding correspondence accusing him of having a sectarian
bias. These dubious statements aim to inflame sectarian
sedition and exposes the parties behind it as individuals
who do not wish our people well or support stability.

- The publication of these statements coincides with
preparations to implement the plan to enforce the Law, which
has entered a new stage in consolidating security and
stability in our beloved capital. It is an attempt to stir
up doubts and poison the atmosphere surrounding the aims of
the plan.

- These exposed attempts will have absolutely no effect on
the national unity government resolve and will to implement
the plan to enforce the rule of law which will be based on
professionalism and neutrality aiming to consolidate civil
peace and to confront all the outlaws irrespective of their
political, party and sectarian allegiances.

- We would like to stress to our people that these malicious
statements reveal the morale bankruptcy of those opposing the
democratic experiment in the new Iraq, and the Government
pays no attention to fabricated statements issued by these
parties."

End Text
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