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Cablegate: Djibouti Denounces Assassination of Sheikh Yassin

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS DJIBOUTI 000457

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL KPAL PTER DJ IS
SUBJECT: DJIBOUTI DENOUNCES ASSASSINATION OF SHEIKH YASSIN

1. (U) SUMMARY: For the record, below is an unofficial
post translation of an article published in the Wednesday,
March 24th, 2004 edition of La Nation, the official
government mouthpiece, excerpting the Government of
Djibouti's official statement condemning the assassination
of Sheikh Yassin END SUMMARY.

2. (U) BEGIN TEXT: President Ismail Omar Guelleh's
message to Yasser Arafat firmly condemned the assassination
of Sheikh Yassin, which he considered a demonstration of
force aimed at discouraging all will for peace and
constituting a serious threat to the peace process in the
Middle East." Guelleh strongly expressed his dismay and
profound regrets following this barbaric and criminal act.
In a manner, Guelleh paid homage to the militantism of
Sheikh Yassin, characterizing him as an "eminent personality,
who dedicated his life to fighting the occupation of his
country and the colonization of his people." Guelleh's
comments reaffirmed the "complete solidarity of the people
and government of Djibouti, as well as their indestructible
support for the legitimate fight and aspirations of
independence and sovereignty of the Palestinian people."
The message reiterated "an appeal in favor of a force of
international intervention in the occupied territories in
order to protect the Palestinian people from being victims
of extermination and expropriation. END TEXT.
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