DOS Cable re: Meeting and Discussions with French Foreign Minister Hubert Colin de Verdiere

State Department cable concerning a meeting with the French Foreign Minister Hubert Colin de Verdiere. Mr. de Verdiere expressed concerns over a United Nations Security Council resolution on Iraq; the treatment of several French citizens in the U.S. criminal justice system and bi-lateral relations between the U.S. and France. The cable is heavily redacted.

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Friday, November 8, 2002
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Thursday, December 16, 2004
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1. (C) SUMMARY: ACCORDING TO FOREIGN MINISTRY SECRETARY
GENERAL HUBERT COLIN DE VERDIERE, FRENCH CONCERNS OVER THE
TEXT OF A UNSC RESOLUTION ON «IRAQ»1

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GUANTANAMO DETAINEES» . THE MFA ALSO THE RECENTLY RELEASED REPORT ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. SEVERAL INDIVIDUAL CASES OF FRENCH CITIZENS IN THE U.S. CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE REVIEW AUTHORITY: SHARON E AHMAD DOS-002500 DATE/CASE ID: 26 OCT 2004 200303827
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2. (C) DCM, ACCOMPANIED BY POLMINCOUNS AND POLOFF

(NOTETAKER), MET NOVEMBER 5 WITH HUBERT COLIN DE VERDIERE,
NEWLY-ARRIVED FRENCH MFA SECRETARY GENERAL, FOR A COURTESY
CALL, WHICH DE VERDIERE TURNED INTO A REVIEW OF A WIDE RANGE
OF ISSUES.

3. (C) FOLLOWING A BRIEF DISCUSSION OF THE PROSPECTS FOR THE

U.S. ELECTIONS,I.ITHE CLOSE BILATERAL
RELATIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND FRANCE.

IRAQ/UNSC

4. (C) DE VERDIERE ASSERTED THAT

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6. (C) THE DCM NOTED THE CLOSE CONTACTS BETWEEN OUR FOREIGN
MINISTERS AND THE EFFORTS BETWEEN US TO REACH AGREEMENT.\

GUANTANAMO DETAINEES»
7. (C) DE VERDIERE THEN TURNED TO1

_IDETAINED AT GUANTANAMO. HE CITED THE NEED TO

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GUARANTEE THAT THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE «DEIMJNEES» ARE
PROTECTED UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW. I

1NOTED THE RECENT DECISION TO
KbbhAbE THREE «DETAINEES», AND/

1 8. (C) DCM RESPONDED THAT I _
_1 HE REITERATED THE U.S. POSITION ON «DETAINEES»/
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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM REPORT

9. (C) DE VERDIERE OBSERVED THAT THE ANNUAL U.S. REPORT ON
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM HAD BEEN RELEASED,/

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ZACHARIAS MOUSSAOUI

10. (C) THE SECRETARY GENERAL RESTATED FRENCH
FRENCH NATIONAL ZACHARIAS
MOUSSAOUI IN CONNECTION WITH THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 ATTACKS
ON THE WORLD TRADE CENTER AND THE PENTAGON.1

11• (C) SAYING HE WISHED TO REMIND US OF THE IMPORTANCE OF
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SNCF LAWSUIT/

12. (C) DE VERDIERE MENTIONED THE PENDING APPEAL IN A SUIT
FILED AGAINST THE FRENCH NATIONAL RAILROAD (SNCF), ON THE
GROUNDS THAT THE RAILROAD WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN DEPORTATIONS TO
GERMAN LABOR CAMPS DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. HE NOTED
THAT THE U.S. FEDERAL COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT HAD
DISMISSED THE SUIT ON THE BASIS OF THE FOREIGN SOVEREIGN
IMMUNITIES ACT ANDf

FSN REDUCTION IN FORCE

13. (C) DE VERDIERE RAISED THE ISSUE OF PENDING REDUCTIONS
' IN THE EMBASSY'S FSN WORKFORCE,'

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LA BELLE

14. (C) DE VERDIERE BRIEFLY TOUCHED ON THE LA BELLE, A
SUNKEN SHIP OFF THE COAST OF TEXAS, SAYING THAT NEGOTIATIONS
APPEARED TO BE MOVING FORWARD ON THE RETURN TO FRANCE OF THE
REMAINS OF FRENCH SAILORS FROM THE SHIP.

COMMEMORATIONS

15. (C) THE SECRETARY GENERAL NOTED THAT THE FRENCH LOOKED
FORWARD TO TAKING PART IN COMMEMORATIONS IN 2004 OF THE FOUR
HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF FRENCH PRESENCE IN NORTH AMERICA.
HE SAID THAT THE EVENT WOULD BE A GOOD OCCASION FOR RECALLING
OUR FRIENDSHIP. HE ALSO REFERRED TO THE BICENTENNIAL OF THE
TRANSFER OF LOUISIANA, SAYING THAT FRENCH TIES WITH THE STATE
REMAINED CLOSE. DCM ALSO NOTED THE 225TH ANNIVERSARY IN
FEBRUARY 2003 OF THE SIGNING OF THE TREATY OF FRIENDSHIP
BETWEEN FRANCE AND THE «UNITED» «STATES» AND THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE NORMANDY LANDINGS IN 2004.
LEACH

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