Cablegate: Spain On Hostage Taking and Murder in Iraq

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E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 166182

(SBU) Poloff delivered reftel points encouraging Spain to
condemn publicly recent terrorism and hostage taking in Iraq
on August 5 to Ignacio de Cartagena, Chief of Staff to the
Deputy Director of Middle Eastern Affairs at the Spanish
Foreign Ministry. De Cartagena is covering for the
leadership in the MFA on Middle East/Iraq issues during the
summer holiday period. De Cartagena told us in general terms
that Spain condemns terrorism and terrorist tactics
everywhere. He also acknowledged that public executions and
murder in Iraq were a threat to the reconstruction and
democracy building. Offering no further substantive
comments, de Cartagena told poloff that he would convey our
points to more senior leadership. We intend to continue
press these points to more senior officials as opportunities
arise. We understand A/S Burns may phone FM Moratinos in the
near future, and suggest he raise this issue if the call
takes place.

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