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Viewing cable 09CASABLANCA225, MOROCCAN FM CRITICIZED FOR HAIDAR CASE

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09CASABLANCA225 2009-12-08 12:12 2010-12-14 12:12 CONFIDENTIAL Consulate Casablanca
VZCZCXYZ0000
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHCL #0225 3421210
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 081210Z DEC 09
FM AMCONSUL CASABLANCA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8574
INFO RUCNMGH/MAGHREB COLLECTIVE
RUEHRB/AMEMBASSY RABAT 0012
C O N F I D E N T I A L CASABLANCA 000225 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR NEA/MAG, PRM/AFR, IO/UNP, H AND DRL 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/08/2019 
TAGS: PHUM PGOV PREF PREL MO
SUBJECT: MOROCCAN FM CRITICIZED FOR HAIDAR CASE 
 
REF: RABAT 0935 RABAT 0915 
 
Classified By: Consul General Elisabeth Millard for reasons 1.4 (b) and 
 (d). 
 
1.  (C) At a small December 7 dinner XXXXXXXXXXXXX 
 spontaneously raised the case of 
Aminatou Haidar (reftels).  He harshly criticized FM Fassi 
Fihri for not having provided King Mohammed VI with better 
counsel regarding the likely consequences and world reaction. 
 "At a number of levels, our decision was illogical, and 
Fassi Fihri should have made this clear to the king."  Now, 
everyone was adopting a typical Moroccan attitude, claiming 
that as the decision regarding Haidar had been taken at the 
very top, it could not be questioned or criticized, XXXXXXXXXXXXX 
added.  He nevertheless predicted that a way out would be 
identified soon, given Haidar,s hunger strike. 
 
Comment 
------- 
 
2.  (C) XXXXXXXXXXXXX is closely connected to the Palace and has 
served in a series of important positions in Morocco, 
XXXXXXXXXXXXX 
 His comments demonstrate that despite the apparent unanimity 
among the Moroccan government, political parties and the 
press about the correctness of Morocco,s actions on Haidar, 
other influential views do exist.  End Comment. 
MILLARD