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Cablegate: Goe Rejects Iranian Remarks, Considering Statement

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UNCLAS QUITO 002499

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PINR PREL EC
SUBJECT: GOE REJECTS IRANIAN REMARKS, CONSIDERING STATEMENT

REF: STATE 199225

1. PolChief, British DCM Peter Evans, and PolOff delivered
RefTel points on November 1 to Ambassadors Rafael Veintimilla
and Marco Samaniego of MFA Bilateral Relations, requesting
that the GOE publicly reject President Ahmadi-Nejad's call to
"wipe Israel off the map." Veintimilla said that the GOE
found Ahmadi-Nejad's statement objectionable and
reprehensible, but stopped short of offering to make a public
statement. He said he would raise US/UK objections with the
FM. PolChief urged Ecuador to raise its voice with the
international community.

2. Evans said British FM Straw had issued a statement and
also cited the public objections of UN Secretary Kofi General
Annan. He later told us that he would deliver Straw's
statement to the MFA later today, adding that the UK is also
pressing other diplomatic missions in London. The French
Embassy declined to participate in this joint demarche,
saying that France was instead raising its concerns directly
with other embassies in Paris. Veintimilla confirmed that
the Russians had already raised the issue with the Ecuadorian
mission in Moscow.

3. Ambassador Veintimilla stated that Iranian Deputy Foreign
Minister Saeed Jalili, visiting Ecuador recently, called on
Foreign Minister Carrion. According to Veintimilla, Jalili
discussed enhancing bilateral relations, Iran's desire to
develop nuclear capabilities for civilian use only, and
conveyed Tehran's disappointment with the GOE's vote to refer
Iran to the UNSC. Veintimilla also reported that Carrion
told Jalili that the GOE has no objection to civilian nuclear
programs, but strongly rejected any proliferation of military
nuclear technology.
JEWELL

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