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Cablegate: Ambassador Tells Mfa Undersecretary the Time Is

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PP RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHKUK RUEHMOS
DE RUEHKU #4901 3311306
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 271306Z NOV 05
FM AMEMBASSY KUWAIT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1901
INFO RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 1187
RUEHEE/ARAB LEAGUE COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS KUWAIT 004901

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

FOR NEA/ARPI AND PRM/MCE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL AORC ICRC PHUM PREF IS SZ KU
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR TELLS MFA UNDERSECRETARY THE TIME IS
RIGHT TO APPROVE THE "RED CRYSTAL"

REF: A. STATE 214286
B. STATE 206962

(SBU) During a November 27 meeting with Ministry of Foreign
Affairs Undersecretary Khaled Al-Jarallah, the Ambassador
informed him of the impending signature of a memorandum of
understanding between the Israeli National Society, Magen
David Adom (MDA), and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society
(ref A). He said the agreement gives momentum to the
discussions on adopting the third additional protocol to the
Geneva Conventions and paves the way for resolving the
longstanding issue. He added that approving the use of the
"red crystal" would facilitate the humanitarian work of not
only the MDA, but also of other national societies in Europe
and Africa. He encouraged the GOK to review the matter and
support the additional protocol at the December 5 - 6
diplomatic conference in Geneva. Al-Jarallah seemed
interested in the recent developments and promised to review
the issue and the GOK position.


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