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Cablegate: Demarche On Universal Election Standards Delivered

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UNCLAS SANAA 001042

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

PLEASE PASS TO G/NICOLE BIBBINS SEDACA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PHUM KDEM YM DEMARCHE DEMOCRATIC REFORM
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE ON UNIVERSAL ELECTION STANDARDS DELIVERED

REF: SECSTATE 71941

1. (SBU) Ambassador delivered reftel demarche and concept
paper to Presidential Advisor Dr. Abdul Karim al-Iryani on
April 19 in preparation for the Santiago Community of
Democracies meeting. Iryani commented that the ROYG
delegation would fully support the idea of universal election
standards and the creation of an experts group to develop the
concept following the ministerial. He also noted that he
would study the matter more carefully before going to the
Community of Democracies meeting in Santiago.

2. (SBU) Poloff delivered reftel demarche and concept paper
to Deputy Foreign Minister Mustafa Noman on April 18. Noman
promised to study the paper and get back to post with a
response.

3. (SBU) Comment: Although Iryani will not officially
represent the ROYG at the upcoming Community of Democracies
meeting, his statement of support, given his high rank and
close relationship with President Saleh, most likely reflects
ROYG support. Iryani and DFM Noman also have a close
relationship and can be counted on to collaborate before and
during the ministerial. Department interlocutors are
encouraged to press the idea further in Santiago with both
Iryani and Noman. End Comment.
Krajeski

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