DOS Cable re: International Committee of the Red Cross' authorization to access detainees in Afghanistan

DOS Cable-Action request for Kabul Embassy from Colin L. Powell requesting that the government provide access to the ICRC to visit all detainees under usual ICRC conditions.

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Cable
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Monday, May 17, 2004
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Monday, November 22, 2004
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TO AMEMBASSY KABUL IMMEDIATE
USMISSION GENEVA IMMEDIATE

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/12/14
TAGS: PHUM, ICRC, KAWC, AF
SUBJECT: USG POSITION ON ICRC ACCESS TO DETAINEES HELD UNDER
AFGHAN GOVERNMENT CONTROL

REF: GENEVA 1155 (NODIS)

CLASSIFIED BY S/WCI - PIERRE-RICHARD PROSPER FOR REASONS
1.4(B) AND (D)

1. (U) This is an action request; Kabul please see paras 3
and 4; Geneva please see para 4.

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UNITED STATES DEPAKIMEM Of SIAIE REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK E SCHMELZER

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DATE/CASE ID: 21 OCT 2004 200303827
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4.
(SBU) Action Request for Embassy Kabul: Please approach
the Government of Afghanistan and encourage Afghan
authorities to provide access to ICRC to visit all detainees
under usual ICRC conditions, as appropriate. Post is also
requested to stress to Afghan authorities that the United
States does not have a policy of encouraging Afghanistan to
deny access.

5.
(SBU) Action Request for Embassy Kabul and Mission
Geneva: Please approach ICRC officials to restate our
position that we encourage Afghan authorities to provide
access to ICRC to visit all detainees under usual ICRC

conditions, as appropriate. Please inform ICRC that we are
reiterating this to the Government of Afghanistan.
POWELL

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