Cablegate: Official Informal Number 093 (07/14/04)
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UNCLAS COLOMBO 001172
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMGT CE MV
SUBJECT: OFFICIAL INFORMAL NUMBER 093 (07/14/04)
Sensitive But Unclassified - protect accordingly.
Contents: Colombo Plan Double Cross
(SBU) We have discovered that at the Colombo Plan
Consultative Committee Meeting in Teheran in June, the CCM
approved the amendment which we have been arguing about for
so long! Of course the US was not represented at the
meeting because it was in Iran. We are sending in a
separate cable on this which you should see today. The big
question, of course, is what we do about it. Our cable lays
out several options. We feel it would be fruitless to try
to re-open this. We could make a statement at the Plan
Council meeting here in Colombo next week that we feel this
was a blatant abuse of procedure and that since it was done
without our participation or concurrence, it cannot be seen
as setting a precedent. That would help to meet one of IO's
concerns. Just wanted to forewarn you since this could get
IO really steamed. I was pretty steamed myself and told the
Plan SecGen yesterday.