Briefing skipper: Cuba, Pakistan, Nauru, Bosworth
In which we scour the transcript of the State Department’s daily presser so you don’t have to. Here are the highlights of Wednesday’s briefing by spokesman Ian Kelly: Cuba is in violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by not giving the State Department access to the detained American contractor who was arrested there ...
In which we scour the transcript of the State Department’s daily presser so you don’t have to. Here are the highlights of Wednesday’s briefing by spokesman Ian Kelly:
- Cuba is in violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by not giving the State Department access to the detained American contractor who was arrested there for passing out electronic devices to Cuban dissidents, Kelly said.
- No new information on the 5 detained suburban Washingtonians being held in Pakistan. Also no comment on the news that American diplomats are getting harassed all over Pakistan these days.
- Kelly wouldn’t play on the story about the Iranian document that explains their drive to build a nuclear trigger, but did say, "We have plenty of reasons to have concerns about the Iranian nuclear program."
- The State Department is not impressed that the tiny Pacific island of Nauru has recognized the independence of Georgian breakaway provinces South Ossetia and Abkhasia. "The recognition by Nauru in and of itself does absolutely nothing, in our eyes, to help establish or underpin in some way the legitimacy of the de facto governments in both of those separatist regions," Kelly said.
- Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s delay in announcing his cabinet is no big deal, according to Kelly. "I don’t think that a delay of a few days is necessarily indicative of any particular problem; I think it’s more indicative of the fact that they want to make sure that they have the kind of government that will be effective and will enjoy the support of the Afghan people," he said.
- Kelly confirms that Ambassador Stephen Bosworth did in fact deliver a letter from President Obama to the North Koreans, even though Bosworth declined to confirm it himself. "I am the message," Bosworth declared.
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