DOS Cable re: Secretary of State Powell's Meeting with Jakob Kellenberger, President of the International Committee for the Red Cross

This State Department cable is a synopsis of a meeting held at Sec. of State Powell's offices on January 15, 2004. The meeting was attended by: Sec. of State Powell; A/S Arthur E. Dewey; Craig Kelly; JoAnn Dolan and Carrie Santos on the U.S. side, and ICRC President Kellenberger; Beatrice Megevand-Roggo; Christopher Girod; and Frank Sieverts for the International Committee for the Red Cross's side. The meeting covered the ICRC's efforts on biotechnology; DOS legal Advisor Taft's Op-Ed in the Financial Times (of London); and the continued efforts to deal with and resolve the matter of the Guantanamo detainees. The document is heavily redacted and does not provide much context to the meeting.

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Cable
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Tuesday, January 27, 2004
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Monday, November 22, 2004
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CONFIDENTIAL
TELEGRAM January 27, 2004

AMCONSUL JERUSALEM - ROUTINE

To::

PRM
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SECSTATE WASHDC (STATE 17510 - ROUTINE)

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ICRC, PHUM, PREF, AF, IQ, IS

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Captions: None

Subject: SECRETARY'S MEETING WITH ICRC PRESIDENT KELLENBERGER:
DETAINEES, IRAQ, AND MDA

03 GENEVA 3886

Ref::

1. (U) Classified by: Arthur E. Dewey, Assistant
Secretary, PRM, Department of State. Reasons 1.4 (b) and

(d)

2. (U) The meeting took place on January 15, 2004 at

2:00 p.m. in the Secretary's.Office.

3. (U) Participants:

U.S.
The Secretary
A/S Arthur E. Dewey, PRM
Craig Kelly, S
JoAnn Dolan, L/PM
Carrie Santos (PRM Notetaker)

ICRC
President Jakob Kellenberger
Beatrice Megevand-Roggo, Delegate General for Europe and
the Americas
Christophe Girod, Washington Head of Delegation

Frank Sieverts, Assistant to Washington Head of
Delegation

4. (C) Summary. International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Kellenbergerl B1
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE UNCLASSIFIED

REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK E SCHMELZER DATE/CASE ID: 10 SEP 2004 200303827
The Secretary thanked him for

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his efforts to secure membership in the International Red
Cross and Red Crescent Movement for Israel's National
Society, Magen David Adom (MDA). Kellenberger also
raised ICRC's efforts on biotechnology. End Summary.

GTMO
(C) Kellenberger opened the meeting with

6. (C) Kellenberger referred to Legal Adviser Taft's op­ed in the Financial Times, dated January 11,1

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jWe are
confident of our legal position (referring to Legal
Adviser Taft's op ed), but we also know the world is
watching us. The war could go a long time and there will
be some people we will have to detain, those who would go
back and attack again if released. But there is another
population we need to release and move on. Then issues
of isolation, interrogation and other issues would then
be resolved for significant numbers.

10. (C) The Secretary indicated that he would have to
talk to his colleagues'

UNCLASSIFIED

14. (C) Kellenberger returned again to the subject of
the January 11 Taft op-edl

IRAQ

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MDA

17. (C) The Secretary thanked Kellenberger for his
efforts getting a positive resolution on the Emblem issue
adopted at the 28th International Conference of the Red
Cross and Red Crescent in December (see Reftel). The

BIOTECHNOLOGY

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18. (C)1
The Secretary said that he
would ask U/S Bolton about it.

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POWELL:

Additional Addressees:

AMEMBASSY KABUL

AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV
USMISSION GENEVA
HQ COALITION PROVISIONAL AUTH BAGHDAD

cc:
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