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Cablegate: Cyprus: Government Shares Usg Views On Afghan

R 190701Z AUG 09
FM AMEMBASSY NICOSIA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0098
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
RUEHAK/AMEMBASSY ANKARA 5511
RUEHTH/AMEMBASSY ATHENS
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL 0032
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 1513

UNCLAS NICOSIA 000539

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/SE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KPAO PREL PGOV AF CY
SUBJECT: CYPRUS: GOVERNMENT SHARES USG VIEWS ON AFGHAN
ELECTIONS

REF: STATE 83031

1. (SBU) On August 17, Charge shared reftel points on
upcoming Afghan elections with MFA Political Director Rea
Yiordamlis, emphasizing the need for credibility of the
process, a legitimate outcome, and the impartiality of the
USG. Yiordamlis welcomed the USG position and expressed
broad agreement with this message, particularly on the need
for crediblity. Yiordamlis said that Cyprus, like the US,
wants to see fair elections that result in a legitimate
outcome. While acknowledging that the security situation in
Afghanistan is "difficult" -- and that this could have a
negative effect on the elections -- Yiordamlis nevertheless
hoped that violence would subside.

Cohen

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