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TELEGRAM August 10, 2003
To: No Action Addressee
From: AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 3683 - UNKNOWN)
TAGS: EFIN, PREL, PGOV
Subject: UAEG TO TRANSFER FROZEN ASSETS TO THE DEVELOPMENT FUND
C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 03683
INFO: P/M AMB DCM POL
APPROVED: CDA: RALBRIGHT
DRAFTED: ECON: CCRUMPLER
CLEARED: ECON: GRANA
OO RUEHC RUEATRS RUEHZM RUEHDE
DE RUEHAD #3683 2221352
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 101352Z AUG 03
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1225
RUEATRS/TREASURY DEPT WASHDC IMMEDIATE
INFO RUEHZM/GCC COLLECTIVE
RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI 3333 C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 003683
STATE FOR NEA/ARP, NEA/RA, EB/ESC/ESP
TREASURY FOR OGC FOR AUFHAUSER
TREASURY PASS OFAC FOR NEWCOMB
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/10/08
SUBJECT: UAEG TO TRANSFER FROZEN ASSETS TO THE DEVELOPMENT
FUND FOR IRAQ
REF: ABU DHABI 3476
1. (U) Classified by Charge D'Affaires Richard A. Albright
for reasons 1.5 (b) and (d).
2. (U) This is an action request; please see paragraph 5.
3. (C) The UAE Central Bank forwarded a copy to Post of a
July 26 letter responding to Treasury Secretary Snow's
written request for the UAEG to transfer any frozen assets
in the UAE belonging to the former Iraqi regime to the
Development Fund for Iraq (reftel). The letter states that
a Central Bank investigation of all UAE bank accounts at
the end of March found two accounts belonging to Iraqi
Airways -- the balance of which (AED 305,153.16 or USD
$83,148) has been frozen since 1990. The Central Bank
intends to transfer immediately this amount to the
Development Fund for Iraq.
4. (C) The Central Bank letter explains that there are no
other bank accounts within the UAE banking system that are
clearly linked to the former Iraqi regime. The letter
requests, however, further clarification of the USG
directive to confiscate and transfer to the Development
Fund for Iraq accounts related to "individuals and entities
that may have acted on behalf of the former Iraqi regime
and its senior officials."
5. (C) Comment and action request: As usual, we have
received exemplary cooperation from the UAE banking
authorities, and the letter suggests that the Central Bank
would likely confiscate and transfer additional funds if
the USG could provide a list of individuals and entities
and specific and clear evidence of their relationship to
the former Iraqi regime. Post would appreciate any
guidance and specific information that Washington agencies
can provide to help the UAEG identify such accounts. End
comment and action request.
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