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Cablegate: Yemen: Responding to Arab League Boycott Reporting

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PP RUEHDE RUEHDH RUEHDIR
DE RUEHYN #2183 3431307
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 091307Z DEC 09 ZDK
FM AMEMBASSY SANAA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3350
INFO RUEHZM/GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS SANAA 002183

SIPDIS

NEA/ARP FOR ANDREW MACDONALD
NEA/RA FOR MARK KELLY
DEPT OF TREASURY FOR BRIAN MCCAULEY
DEPT OF COMMERCE FOR TYLER HOFFMAN
USTR FOR JASON BUNTIN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KBCT ECON ETRD YM
SUBJECT: YEMEN: RESPONDING TO ARAB LEAGUE BOYCOTT REPORTING
REQUIREMENTS

REF: SECSTATE 120272

In response to REFTEL request, post has gathered the
following information on current Arab League Boycott (ALB)
practices in Yemen:

- The ROYG continues to enforce the primary aspect of the
ALB, namely, prohibiting the importation of Israeli-origin
goods and services into Yemen. The ROYG does not enforce the
secondary and tertiary aspects of the boycott and does not
require participation in or participation with any other
international boycotts.

- The ROYG does not request that U.S. firms comply with
boycott requirements.

- The ROYG's boycott practices have a minimal impact on U.S.
businesses, as the practices are not very well enforced.

- The ROYG is implementing a 1995 governmental decision to
renounce observance of the secondary and tertiary aspects of
the boycott.

- The ROYG does not maintain an ALB office. Yemen
participates in the annual meeting of the Central Boycott
Office (CBO) in Damascus.

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- The ROYG has not made any concrete efforts to stop
enforcing the primary aspect of the ALB, and still actively
supports it.

- On November 24, EconOff met with Mojeeb Mohammed Othman,
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) official in charge of
Arab League affairs in the MFA's Arab Countries Department.
Othman insisted that Yemen's enforcement of the primary
aspect of the ALB is related to political reasons and cited
the Arab-Israeli conflict as a root cause. When pressed by
EconOff about the extent of the enforcement, Othman admitted
that enforcement is not complete and said that products still
get into Yemen.
SECHE

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