DOS Cable re: Access to Detainees in Guantanamo by National Representitives and the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC)

State Department cable concerning the Tokyo Conference; the transfer of detainees to Guantanamo; the ability and schedule of the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) to visit Guantanamo facilities and the detainees; and the ability of nations to have “Consular” visits with their citizens while the persons are being held in detention at Guantanamo. The cable mentions UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s handling of tough questions on the matter and finally, the cable mentions that Turkish Prime Minister Ecevit was in Washington.

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Thursday, January 17, 2002
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Thursday, December 16, 2004
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I. (U) JANUARY 16 1930

2. (U) ALL: TREMENDOUS WORK BY EU POSTS TODAY TO RUN
DOWN THE BILATERAL PLEDGES LIKELY TO BE ANNOUNCED AT THE

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
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TOKYO CONFERENCE AND TO ENCOURAGE COUNTRIES TO BE
FORTHCOMING. THERE IS A KEY COREPER MEETING TOMORROW AND

2. (C) WE CONFIRMED TODAY THAT' B1
REPRESENTATIVES WILL HAVE ACCESS TO 'BEING
HELD AT GUANTANAMO BAY. I ARE SEEKING TO SEND

IN A TEAM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. ACCESS IS NOT "CONSULAR"

AND

THE ICRC TEAM WILL GO INTO GITMO TOMORROW. IPI
RE ALSO PRESSING HARD TO GO IN TOMORROW (THOUGH
WE DON'T HAVE CONFIRMATION FROM THE PENTAGON ON THAT PART
YET. WE HOPE THE REPORT OF I OFFICIALS AND THAT
OF THE ICRC WILL HELP QUELL MOUNTING CONCERN ABOUT THE

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TREATMENT OF. THE DETAINEES. MEANWHILE, THE PRESS IS

REPORTING THAT A THIRD PLANELOAD HAS ARRIVED, BRINGING THE

TOTAL OF DETAINEES AT GITMO TO 80. CONSTRUCTION OF
ADDITIONAL FACILITIES IS UNDERWAY (CAPACITY FOR DETAINEES

WILL BE OVER 200 BY THE END OF NEXT WEEK) AND THERE ARE AT

LEAST TWO MORE PLANELOADS IN THE PIPELINE.

4. (U) TONY BLAIR HANDLED THE ISSUE DEFTLY AT PRIME
MINISTERS' QUESTION TIME. THE FOLLOWING IS EMBASSY
LONDON'S E-MAIL REPORT:
IN QUESTION TIME TODAY BLAIR WAS ASKED ABOUT DETAINEES,
AND QUESTIONED ABOUT WHETHER THE UK IS LOOSING THE MORAL
HIGH GROUND, IGNORING RIGHTS OF UK CITIZENS, ETC. BLAIR
SAID:

THERE IS STILL DANGER IN AFGHANISTAN AND POCKETS OF
RESISTANCE. THE WAR IS NOT OVER. AL QAEDA AND TALIBAN
DETAINEES ARE VERY DANGEROUS PEOPLE, AND MUST BE TREATED
AS SUCH.

BUT, OF COURSE, ALL THE CAPTURED SHOULD BE TREATED
HUMANELY -- AS THE US HAS ASSURED THEY ARE BEING -- AND IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE GENEVA CONVENTION. A BRITISH TEAM
WILL SEE THE UK DETAINEES IN CUBA. RATHER THAN BELIEVE
WHAT IS SAID IN THE MEDIA, PEOPLE SHOULD HOLD JUDGMENT

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UNTIL THEY HEAR WITH THE ICRC AND THE UK TEAM LEARN ON
VISITING THE DETAINEES.

LIBDEM LEADER CHARLES KENNEDY PRESSED HIM FURTHER ON UK
CITIZENS BEINGSHACKLED, HOODED, ETC. BLAIR REPEATED THAT

.

WE SHOULD WAIT TO SEE FROM THOSE WHO VISIT THEM WHAT HAS
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REALLY HAPPENED. HE REPEATED THAT THE US HAS ASSURED THE
UK THAT THEY ARE BEING HUMANELY TREATED.

HE WAS THEN ASKED BY LABOR STALWART TAM DALYELL WHY THE
BOMBING IS CONTINUING, AND BLAIR SAID BECAUSE RESISTANCE
IS CONTINUING.

5. (C) TURKISH PM ECEVIT WAS IN TOWN TODAY (AND

YESTERDAY) .I
6. (U) BETH WAS INTERVIEWED ON CNN'S Q AND A WITH JIM
CLANCY TODAY ON HER FORTHCOMING CENTRAL ASIA TRIP.

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8. (U) M PROMISES AN ALDAC CABLE (COORDINATED WITH AFSA)
BY THE END OF THE WEEK WITH AN UPDATE ON MAIL SERVICES TO
POUCH POSTS, INCLUDING THE ALL-IMPORTANT ESTIMATES FOR HOW
LONG IT WILL TAKE BEFORE PACKAGE AND OTHER SERVICES
APPROACH NORMALITY.

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9.
(U) SECRETARY POWELL WILL DO A 90 MINUTE "GLOBAL
FORUM" WITH KIDS ALL AROUND THE WORLD ON MTV. HE WILL BE
ON A SATELLITE LINK UP WITH HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE STUDENTS
FROM SOUTH ASIA, THE MIDDLE EAST, EUROPE (UK AND IRELAND
SO FAR), AND LATIN AMERICA. THE KIDS WILL ASK THE
SECRETARY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WAR ON TERRORISM, AND OTHER
WORLD ISSUES.

10.
(U) TWO WORDS ON BUREAU OPERATIONS THAT WE PROBABLY
SHOULD HAVE PASSED ALONG DURING THE COM CONFERENCE. BETH
FEELS VERY STRONGLY ABOUT'

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THAT'S ALL FOR NOW. C

MINIMIZE CONSIDERED.
POWELL

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