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Cablegate: Tfha01: Got Concerned by Missing Srsg Annabi, Ben

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SUBJECT: TFHA01: GOT CONCERNED BY MISSING SRSG ANNABI, BEN
ALI EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES

REF: PORT AU PRINCE 44

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1. (SBU) During a January 14 meeting, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs Americas Desk Officers Mourad Belhassan and Hatem
Landoulsi advised pol-econoffs that the GOT was deeply
concerned for the welfare of Hedi Annabi, the distinguished
Tunisian Diplomat serving as the Special Representative of
the Secretary General at the UN Assistance Mission in Haiti
reported missing (reftel), and feared the worst. (Note: The
Embassy's UN Contacts in Tunis tell us they also have no
confirmation about Annabi at this time. End note.)
Belhassan and Landoulsi said they would welcome any further
information the USG might be able to provide on Annabi and
were unaware of any other official Tunisians in Haiti.

2. (SBU) President Ben Ali issued a statement on January 13
expressing Tunisia's condolences and sympathy to the
Government and people of Haiti. (Comment: Given Tunisia's
modest resources and considerable distance from Haiti, we do
not expect the GOT to offer any substantive assistance. End
comment.)


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