DOS Cable re: French Position on Detainees at Guantanamo Bay, January 31, 2002

State Department cable from the Paris Mission re: French concern over the detainees in Guantanamo and the treatment of Guantanamo detainees generally. Much of the cable is redacted, however, some important points from the cable are: 1) it is reported that some detainees are claiming to be French citizens, but are either not or are falsifying their documents stating that they are; 2) There is a French government team visiting Guantanamo; 3) the French government is opposed to military tribunals or "Special Courts"; and 4) The French insist on all detainees being afforded the Geneva Convention protections no matter what their combatant status.

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Cable
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Thursday, January 31, 2002
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Wednesday, December 29, 2004
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Document Number: 2002PARIS00593 Channel: n/a -3

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ACTION EUR-00 B1, 1.4(B), 1.4(D)
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5FDA21 310754Z /25
O 310605Z JAN 02
FM AMEMBASSY PARIS
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2334
INFO EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
ISLAMIC CONFERENCE COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 PARIS 000593

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/29/2012
TAGS: PHUM, PTER, PREL, FR
SUBJECT: FRENCH POSITION ON DETAINEES AT GUATANAMO BAY
REF: STATE 17761

CLASSIFIED BY: CLASSIFIED BY CDA ALEX WOLFF FOR
REASONS 1.5B

& D.

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE REVIEW AUTHORITY: SHARON E AHMAD DATE/CASE ID: 03 NOV 2004 200303827
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I FOLLOWING THE VISIT OF THE FRENCH DELEGATION TO THE
BASE AT GUANTANAMO, FOREIGN MINISTER VEDRINE CONFIRMED IN AN
INTERVIEW JANUARY 29 THAT TWO FRENCH CITIZENS ARE AMONG THE

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DETAINEES BEING HELD THERE. VEDRINE COMMENTED THAT SOME

DETAINEES "PRETENDED TO BE FRENCH" BUT LEGALLY ARE NOT, AND

SAID IT IS POSSIBLE THAT SOME OF THEIR DOCUMENTS WERE

FALSIFIED. THE PRESS HAS NOTED THAT SOME OF THE ALLEGEDLY
FRENCH DETAINEES, INCLUDING THOSE WITH PREVIOUS ARRESTS FOR
SUSPICION OF TERRORIST ACTIVITIES, ARE KNOWN TO FRENCH
AUTHORITIES, IT HAS ALSO BEEN REPORTED THAT ANTI-TERRORISM

JUDGE JEAN-LOUIS BRUGUIERE IS PLANNING TO VISIT GUANTANAMO

"SOON" TO INVESTIGATE THE IDENTITIES AND TRAVEL HISTORIES OF
THE MEN.

3. (C) THE MINISTRY SPOKESMAN HAS SAID THE GOF WILL BE
STUDYING CLOSELY THE RESULTS OF THE FRENCH TEAM'S WEEKEND
VISIT TO GUANTANAMO. I

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Document Number: 2002PARIS00593 Channel: n/a

O 310605Z JAN 02
FM AMEMBASSY PARIS
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2335
INFO EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
ISLAMIC CONFERENCE COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

CONFIDENTIALSECTION 02 OF 02 PARIS 000593

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/29/2012
TAGS: PHUM, PTER, PREL, FR
SUBJECT: FRENCH POSITION ON DETAINEES AT GUATANAMO BAY

WOLFF

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