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Cablegate: (S/Nf) Separate Uk Demarche Unlikely On Gol Scuds

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/18/2034
TAGS: KSCA PARM PREL MNUC ETTC LY UK MTCRE
SUBJECT: (S/NF) SEPARATE UK DEMARCHE UNLIKELY ON GOL SCUDS

REF: SECSTATE 95554

Classified By: Political Counselor Robin Quinville for Reason 1.4 (c) (S/NF) HMG agrees on the importance of approaching the GOL regarding the steps Libya has taken to eliminate its MTCR Category I missile programs, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Missile Policy Desk Officer Ed Evans told Poloff on September 17. (Ref) In a follow-on conversation with Poloff on September 18, Evans stated that since U.S. Embassy Tripoli had already raised this matter with the GOL, he did not expect HMG to issue demarche instructions to UK Embassy Tripoli. Evans said that HMG is in broad agreement with USG policy on this issue and wants to continue to work in close coordination with the USG on all Libya issues, which he described as "very sensitive at the moment." Evans also noted that FCO's Libya desk would probably wait for guidance from UK Embassy Tripoli about whether a separate demarche would be constructive. HMG would most likely not issue an action request without prompting from UK Embassy Tripoli, he stressed. Visit London's Classified Website: XXXXXXXXXXXX
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