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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Pakistan and Cuba

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STATE FOR I/RF, PA/PR/FPC/W, IIP/G/EA, EAP/PD, R/MR,
EAP/J, EAP/P, PM;
USTR FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE;
TREASURY FOR OASIA/IMI;
SECDEF FOR OASD/PA;
CP BUTLER OKINAWA FOR AREA FIELD OFFICE;
PACOM HONOLULU FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY ADVISOR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OIIP KMDR KPAO JA
SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - PAKISTAN AND CUBA

1. LEAD STORIES: Most Thursday morning papers led with
the continuing investigation into Tuesday's collision
between an MSDF vessel and a fishing boat.

2. "Election Results Deal Blow to Musharraf" The
business-oriented Nikkei editorialized (2/21):
"...Whatever administration is established in Pakistan,
the nation bears heavy responsibility to the
international community. Of primary concern is the war
on terrorism. The border area between Pakistan and
Afghanistan has become the base of operations for the
Taliban and al-Qaeda. Another issue is Pakistan's
control of its nuclear weapons. Pakistan, along with
India and North Korea, possesses nuclear arms without
the understanding of the global community. It would be
impermissible for Islamabad's nuclear weapons to fall
into the hands of terrorists due to political
instability in the country. We hope the situation in
Pakistan will stabilize following the elections."

3. "Pakistan Should Listen to International Concerns"
The conservative Sankei's editorial said (2/21):
"...The international community strongly hopes that a
democratic government will be established in Pakistan.
Incoming political leaders should listen to the
concerns and expectations of the international
community.... The international community, which has
backed the Musharraf government in view of his support
for the war on terrorism, needs to consider the reason
for the defeat of the ruling party in the recent
parliamentary elections. In order to continue the war
on terror and ensure that Pakistan's nuclear weapons
remain under strict control, it will be essential for
the international community to provide Pakistan with
assistance that will be welcomed by its people."

4. "Time for U.S. To Review Sanctions on Cuba" The
liberal Mainichi editorialized (2/21): "...We are
concerned about the continuing U.S. antagonism toward
the Castro regime in Cuba. The U.S. continues to have
no diplomatic ties with Cuba and is keeping in place
unilateral sanctions that ban trade, investment, and
tourism.... The UN General Assembly last year adopted
its 16th resolution calling on the U.S. to lift its
sanctions on Cuba. Only three nations opposed the
motion. Even in the U.S., some have voiced doubts about
the sanctions.... The Castro administration accused the
U.S. of hurting the Cuban economy by attempting to
'contain' the nation. He was able to unite the Cuban
people by whipping up anti-American sentiment and
nationalism. The next U.S. administration should seek a
path toward diplomatic normalization with Cuba by
reviewing the sanctions and resuming dialogue with
Havana."

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