Viewing cable 06REYKJAVIK89, ICELANDIC STATEMENT ON AKBAR GANGI: ONLY IN
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|06REYKJAVIK89||2006-03-16 17:05||2011-01-13 05:05||UNCLASSIFIED||Embassy Reykjavik|
VZCZCXYZ0003 PP RUEHWEB DE RUEHRK #0089 0751715 ZNR UUUUU ZZH P 161715Z MAR 06 FM AMEMBASSY REYKJAVIK TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2632
UNCLAS REYKJAVIK 000089 SIPDIS SIPDIS DEPARTMENT FOR NEA/IR AND DRL E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM SOCI IR IC SUBJECT: ICELANDIC STATEMENT ON AKBAR GANGI: ONLY IN COORDINATION WITH EU REF: STATE 42097 Post presented reftel request (for a statement calling for the release of Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji) to Icelandic MFA Head of International Institutions Division Nikulas Hannigan March 16. Hannigan stated that the Government of Iceland does not have a tradition of making statements on individual foreign affairs issues. Typically, it will align itself with European Union statements, as it did with a November 2005 EU declaration dealing with the issue of Iranian political prisoners. Hannigan said he had asked his colleagues in Brussels to watch for an EU request to join in making a statement on Ganji and that Iceland would probably sign on if one were forthcoming. VAN VOORST