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Cablegate: Bangladesh Keeping a "Low Profile" On The

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DE RUEHKA #0905 2391033
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 261033Z AUG 08
FM AMEMBASSY DHAKA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7278
INFO RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 0205
RUEHSI/AMEMBASSY TBILISI 0018

UNCLAS DHAKA 000905

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPT FOR GEORGIA TASK FORCE TFGG01
DEPT ALSO FOR EUR/RUS KSZPILA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL MARR PGOV KPKO RU GG BG
SUBJECT: BANGLADESH KEEPING A "LOW PROFILE" ON THE
RUSSIA-GEORGIA CONFLICT

REF: A. STATE 89769
B. STATE 90978
C. STATE 90980

1. (SBU) Deputy Pol/Econ Chief August 25 delivered Ref A and
B demarches to the Director of the Americas wing at the
Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Masudur Rahman.
Rahman expressed concern about the conflict and the effect
it was having on the lives of civilians living in the
disputed region. Rahman said he would share the USG position
with relevant MFA officials, but noted it was likely the
Government of Bangladesh would keep a "low profile" on this
issue and avoid public comment. He did not make any comments
or ask any questions related to the spurious Russian claims
regarding the ceasefire agreement (Ref C).
RollinsDA

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