Diana T Fritz 02/20/2007 04:56:56 PM From DB/Inbox: Diana T Fritz
C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 00209
INFO: POL PAO AMB
RR RUEHC RUEHDE
DE RUEHAD #0209 0420624
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 110624Z FEB 07
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8237
INFO RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI 6839 C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 000209
NEA/PPD FERNANDEZ, NEA/RA LAWSON, NEA/ARP
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/11/2016
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE ON ARABSAT BROADCASTING OF AL-ZAWRAA TV
REF: A. SECSTATE 14149
B. ABU DHABI 0008
Classified By: DCM Martin R. Quinn, reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).
1. (C) On February 8 DCM expressed U.S. deep concern about "Al
Zawraa" to MFA Acting U/S Tariq Al Haidan, who was already well
informed on the Iraqi pro-insurgency station's activity. Al Haidan
took points on board but said the U.S. must deal with station owner
Misha'an Al Juburi, member of Iraqi parliament who has fled to Syria.
Al Haidan thought the station had been closed down in Iraq but then
began broadcasting on Arabsat following Al Juburi's flight.
2. (C) Although finding the broadcast material personally
repugnant, Al Haidan said that reaching Arabsat ownership consensus
to remove Al Zawraa would be challenging since UAE has only a 4.66%
interest in the satellite. (See reftel B.)
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