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TELEGRAM May 24, 2004
To: No Action Addressee
From: AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 1710 - ROUTINE)
TAGS: ENRG, ECON, EINV, KNNP
Subject: UAEG STUDYING ATOMIC ENERGY POTENTIAL; SEEKS USG VIEWS
C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 01710
INFO: POL P/M AMB DCM
APPROVED: DCM: RALBRIGHT
CLEARED: ECON: OJOHN
RR RUEHC RUEHZM RUEHDE RUEHRL RUEHVI RUCPDOC
DE RUEHAD #1710 1451326
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 241326Z MAY 04
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4507
INFO RUEHZM/GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COLLECTIVE
RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI 4036
RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN 0076
RUEHVI/AMEMBASSY VIENNA 0138
RHEBAAA/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHDC C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 001710
DEPT FOR NEA/RA, NEA/ARP, INR/EC, EB/IEP, EB/CBA, NP
VIENNA FOR UNVIE
USDOE FOR INT'L AFFAIRS - COBURN, ALSO CALIENDO
USDOE FOR OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY - RHONDA HUDOME
USDOC FOR 1000/OC/
USDOC FOR 4520/ITA/IEP/ONE
USDOC FOR 4530/ITA/MAC/ONE/DGUGLIELMI
E.O. 12958: DECL 05/24/08
SUBJECT: UAEG STUDYING ATOMIC ENERGY POTENTIAL; SEEKS USG
1. (U) Classified by Deputy Chief of Mission Richard A.
Albright, for reasons 1.5 (b) and (d).
2. (U) This is an action request; please see paragraph 5.
3. (C) UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for
Foreign Affairs Hamdan bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (HbZ) told the
Ambassador May 23 that the UAEG is interested in studying
the potential of atomic-powered energy plants to help meet
the UAE's long-term power and desalinated water
requirements. HbZ said that the UAEG would study the
feasibility over the next two years. Hamdan noted that
nuclear power had been discussed during his late-April trip
to Germany, but that the UAEG also would be supportive of
U.S. firms' participation in such a project.
4. (C) HbZ was very sensitive to USG concerns about
proliferation, and assured the Ambassador that any nuclear
power program in the UAE would have only commercial and
economic applications. HbZ intends to discuss the UAEG's
plans informally with the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohammed El-Baradei, but
also solicited USG views during his meeting with the
5. (C) Comment and action request: The UAE will require a
tremendous amount of power and water beyond its current
supply to fuel planned industrial expansion over the next
25 years. We also have heard rumors that there may be
brownouts this summer. The Emiratis, no doubt, perceive
that an energy crisis may be just around the corner and are
looking for alternate solutions. We would appreciate the
Department's views on the UAE's proposed plans to acquire
atomic power. End comment and action request.
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