DOS Cable re: Ambassador's Jan. 22 Discussion of Detainees with MFA State Secretary Pleuger

State Department cable concerning Ambassador Dan Coats meeting with German Foreign Affairs State Secretary Gunter Pleuger. Mr. Pleuger requested the meeting to discuss the Guantanamo detainees. Mr. Pleuger and later Foreign Minister Fischer stated that "the Guantanamo detainees should be treated in accordance with the Geneva Convention, with consideration for humane treatment, protection of human dignity, protection from violence and access to medical treatment and due process in court." The cable is otherwise heavily redacted.

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Thursday, January 24, 2002
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FOR EUR/AGS

E.O. 12958: DECL:•01/24/2021
TAGS: PREL, PTER, GE
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR'S JANUARY 22 DISCUSSION OF DETAINEES
WITH MFA STATE SECRETARY PLEUGER

CLASSIFIED BY: GLOBAL AFFAIRS COUNSELOR RICHARD RORIVIG FOR REASONS 1.5

(B) AND (D)

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1. (SBU) AMBASSADOR COATS MET JANUARY 22 WITH MINISTRY OF
FOREIGN AFFAIRS STATE SECRETARY GUNTER PLEUGER, AT THE
LATTER'S REQUEST, TO DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF DETAINEES AT
GUANTANAMO NAVAL BASE. PLEUGER EXPLAINED HE HAD REQUESTED
THE URGENT MEETING BECAUSE THE ISSUE OF THE TREATMENT OF THE
DETAINEES WAS NOT ONLY UNDER DISCUSSION IN THE BUNDESTAG AND
BECAUSE OF HEIGHTENED INTEREST IN THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA,
BUT BECAUSE FOREIGN MINISTER FISCHER WAS TO APPEAR AT A
MEETING BEFORE THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ON JANUARY 23 TO

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DISCUSS THE MATTER.

MINISTER FISCHER CALLS FOR POW TREATMENT OF DETAINEES

2. (C) AFTER POINTING OUT HEIGHTENED INTEREST ON THE PART OF
THE MEDIA AND HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS CONCERNING THE TREATMENT OF
THE DETAINEES, PLEUGER SUMMARIZED A PRESS STATEMENT FOREIGN
MINISTER FISCHER HAD MADE THAT AFTERNOON. MINISTER FISCHER

• HAD STATED THAT THE DETAINEES SHOULD BE TREATED AS PRISONERS
OF WAR (POWS) AND IN CONFORMITY WITH THE GENEVA CONVENTION,
WITH CONSIDERATION FOR HUMANE TREATMENT, PROTECTION OF HUMAN
DIGNITY, PROTECTION FROM VIOLENCE, ACCESS TO MEDICAL
TREATMENT, AND DUE PROCESS IN COURT. IN HIS SUMMARY OF HIS
MINISTER'S COMMENTS, PLEUGER ALSO MENTIONED THAT FISCHER HAD
STATED THAT THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE DETAINEES HAD TO TAKE
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR ACTIONS.'

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