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Cablegate: Iran Small Grants Program Submissions

VZCZCXRO8249
PP RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHDIR RUEHKUK
DE RUEHKB #0349 1010652
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 100652Z APR 08
FM AMEMBASSY BAKU
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5133
INFO RUCNIRA/IRAN COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHAK/AMEMBASSY ANKARA PRIORITY 2759
RUEHYE/AMEMBASSY YEREVAN PRIORITY 1447
RUEHIT/AMCONSUL ISTANBUL PRIORITY 0120
RUEHDIR/IRAN RPO DUBAI PRIORITY

UNCLAS BAKU 000349

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

NEA/IR FOR COBERLY AND HADJILOU

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ABUD AFIN AMGT ECON KDEM KPAO PREL AJ AM TU
IR
SUBJECT: IRAN SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM SUBMISSIONS

REF: STATE 033385

1. (U) This is a joint message from Embassies Baku and
Yerevan.

2. (SBU) Summary: Embassies Baku and Yerevan recommend that
the Department fund two Iran small grants applications from
institutions in Azerbaijan and Armenia that are designed to
support the development of civil society and human rights in
Iran. Both proposals have the backing of all Missions
involved. End Summary.

3. (SBU) The Baku-based "Association for the Protection of
Women's Rights NGO" requests funding for a conference of
Iranian, Azerbaijani, and Turkish human rights NGOs to
discuss the status of women's rights efforts in the region.
Working with Turkish co-sponsor Isik University, the
Azerbaijani NGO intends to hold the conference at Isik
University in Istanbul, Turkey. Embassy Ankara and ConGen
Istanbul have reviewed the proposal and support it, subject
to the Department vetting the proposed Iranian participants
for any affiliation with organizations known to be of concern
to the United States and/or Turkey.

4. (SBU) Yerevan-based Arya University requests funding to
host an academic conference bringing together academics from
Iran, the U.S., and Europe to discuss Iran's role in the
region. With Armenia's sizable Iranian student population as
its primary audience, this conference intends to expose
Iranian participants to Western-style culture and academic
values. Embassy Yerevan supports this proposal.

5. (SBU) Embassy Baku has forwarded both applications to
NEA/IR for consideration. Please contact Baku-based regional
Iran Watcher Dave Haugen at HaugenDP@state.gov for any
additional questions concerning these proposals.

6. (U) Embassy Ankara cleared this message.
DERSE

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