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SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/22/2034
TAGS: PARM, PREL, MNUC, IR, SY, CY
SUBJECT: (S) SHIPMENT OF MILITARY-RELATED ITEMS FROM IRAN
TO SYRIA

Classified By: ISN ACTING DAS Philip A. Foley,
Reasons 1.4 (b), (c), and (d)

SUMMARY
——–

1. (S) The M/V MONCHEGORSK, a Cypriot-flagged vessel
chartered by Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL)
is carrying Iranian-origin military-related cargo from Bandar
Abbas, Iran to Tartous, Syria. A boarding party from a U.S.
Navy warship boarded and inspected the vessel on two separate
occasions, and found ammunition, high explosives, compressed
gunpowder, and slugs among its cargo. Subsequently, this has
been reported by the Associated Press. M/V MONCHEGORSK will
likely arrive at the Suez Canal on 23 or 24 January.

ACTION REQUEST
————–

2. (S) Drawing from the points in paragraph 4, which may be
left as a nonpaper, post is instructed to approach
appropriate-level Republic of Cyprus (ROC) officials and
request that the ROC, as the vessel’s flag state, divert the
M/V MONCHEGORSK into a Cypriot port and detain its cargo.

OBJECTIVES
———-

3. (S) Post should seek to achieve the following:

— Provide Cypriot officials with information, including
photographs of the inspection (provided septel), regarding
the cargo of the M/V MONCHEGORSK;

— Emphasize to the Cypriot officials that UN Security
Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1747, paragraph 5, prohibits Iran
from transferring any arms or related materiel;

— Urge the Government of Cyprus (GOC) to take action against
this shipment pursuant to UNSCR 1747, and in accordance with
the ROC’s laws and authorities; and

— (If Raised/Asked) Indicate that the USG is willing to
discuss options for disposition of the cargo with the ROC, as
well as provide technical support in identifying the cargo.

TALKING POINTS/NON-PAPER
————————

4. (S//REL CYPRUS) Begin talking points/non-paper:

— The Cypriot-flagged vessel M/V MONCHEGORSK is carrying
Iranian-origin military-related cargo to Syria.

— A boarding team from a U.S. Navy vessel was granted
permission by the ship’s master to inspect M/V MONCHEGORSK on
19 and 20 January 2009

— The inspection revealed containers carrying 120 mm, 122
mm, 125 mm, and 160 mm high explosives that originated in
Iran and are destined for Syria. Inspection also revealed
7.62 mm shell casings, compressed gunpowder, silver
dollar-sized slugs, primer, and magnesium primers. M/V
MONCHEGORSK will likely arrive at the Suez Canal on 23-24
January 2009.

— UN Security Council Resolution 1747, paragraph 5,
prohibits Iran from supplying, selling or transferring any
arms or related materiel. It also requires all states to
prohibit the procurement of such items from Iran by their
nationals, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, and
whether or not such transfers originated in the territory of
Iran.

— As such, we request your assistance in preventing the
transfer of goods in violation of UNSCR 1747.

— In particular, we request that, as the M/V MONCHEGORSK’s
flag state, the Republic of Cyprus divert the vessel to a
Cypriot port and detain the cargo

IF ASKED:

— We did not request flag-state consent to board the vessel
pursuant to our bilateral Ship-Boarding Agreement due to
uncertainty regarding whether or not the cargo was
WMD-related.

— We are willing to discuss with you options for the
disposition of this cargo, as well as support your efforts to
identify the cargo.

If Asked About the Press Stories

— In any public statements regarding the matter we will
highlight Cyprus’s support for international nonproliferation
efforts and the positive nature of our bilateral,
non-proliferation cooperation, but we will not, without prior
consultation, make public any support or actions your
government may take in this matter.

END POINTS.

REPORTING REQUIREMENT
———————

5. (U) Post is instructed to report results of its efforts
as soon as possible.

POINT OF CONTACT
—————-

6. (U) Washington point of contact for follow-up is Mark
Felipe, ISN/CPI, 202-647-5376, felipem2@state.sgov.gov.

7. (U) Department thanks post for its assistance. Please
slug all responses for ISN, EUR, NEA, and T.
CLINTON

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DEPARTMENT FOR EUR, NEA, ISN

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/25/2018
TAGS: PARM, PREL, MNUC, IR, SY, CY
SUBJECT: CYPRUS WASHING HANDS OF M/V MONCHEGORSK?

REF: A. STATE 5968
B. EUR/SE-EMBASSY O-I OF JANUARY 26

Classified By: Ambassador Frank C. Urbancic, Reasons 1.4 (b), (d)

1. (S) SUMMARY: It is becoming evident that the Republic of
Cyprus, likely fearing Cyprus Problem-related “reprisals”
from Damascus, hopes to avoid having to interdict and/or
divert to an RoC port the M/V Monchegorsk, a Cypriot-flagged,
Russian-owned ocean freighter carrying arms from Iran to
Syria in contravention of UN Security Council Resolutions
1747 and 1803 (Ref A). Presidential Diplomatic Coordinator
Leonidas Pantelides informed the Ambassador at 1215 hrs local
(0515 DC) on January 27 that Cyprus had requested the ship’s
owner to radio the master to divert to Limassol, but as yet
had received no response. “This is all that we can do,”
Pantelides insisted. At its present speed and direction, the
Monchegorsk will reach Syria by 2330 Zulu January 27. END
SUMMARY.

——————————————-
Current Status of Vessel, Shipping Company:
——————————————-

2. (S) U.S. Navy sources told the Embassy that the
Monchegorsk, at its current heading and 11-knot speed, should
reach Latakeia, Syria, its final destination, by 2330 hrs
Zulu January 27. NSA contacts report the ship has not
received or transmitted radio messages recently (NFI).
Embassy interlocutors at the Cyprus Shipping Chamber report
that NB Shipping Limited, a Limassol company still listed as
the registered owner of the Monchegorsk, recently came close
to losing its right to fly the Cyprus flag for unrelated
non-compliance with national maritime standards.

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High-level Local Diplomatic Activity:
————————————-

3. (S) In last 24 hours, the Embassy has engaged chief
Palace diplomat Pantelides (three times), Presidential
Commissioner/chief Cyprus Problem negotiator George Iacovou,
and MFA Permanent Secretary (D-equivalent) Nicolas Emiliou,
drawing liberally on the legal arguments provided in Ref B
(these calls were in addition to the direct demarche the
Ambassador had made to RoC President Demetris Christofias on
January 23). Pantelides at 1100 hrs on January 27 confirmed
that a recall of the Monchegorsk to Limassol had been issued,
but no response had yet been received. Under the Cypriot
standard operating procedure, the Merchant Shipping
Department had notified the owners, who were ultimately
responsible for making the ship pull into port — there was
no direct RoC contact with the ship (an Embassy contact in
the shipping industry later confirmed the SOP). The
Ambassador emphasized the obligations of Cyprus as the flag
state to take action, and noted Washington’s
highest-possible-level interest. Pantelides seemingly hoped
to keep the Monchegorsk out of United Nations Security
Council discussions, and queried whether the Monchegorsk
issue was already under consideration in New York.

4. (S) In a 1215 hrs follow-up telcon, Pantelides referred
back to Ref B points and stated his government had “done what
it needed to do” in alerting the Monchegorsk’s owner; he
subsequently faxed us text from the RoC instruction (below).
The Ambassador asked whether Cyprus could use the assistance
of the United States in contacting the ship directly to make
Cyprus’s instructions known to the captain, or otherwise
provide additional help. Pantelides deflected both
questions, making clear the RoC did not want the U.S.
involved. “The Monchegorsk is already half-way there,” he
ended, somewhat cryptically.

5. (S) Text of the RoC message follows. The fax was not on
letterhead, lacked sender and receiver names, titles, and
addresses, and featured visible cut-and-paste marks. It was
obviously just a short excerpt from the notification letter.

“Dear Captain Smirnov

NICOSIA 00000058 002 OF 002

The reason that we ask you to direct the ship to Limassol is
to ensure that its cargo is in conformity with UN Security
Council Resolutions 1747 (2007) and 1803 (2008).

Any cargo which is not in conformity has to be unloaded at
Limassol in order to avoid infringement of the above
Resolutions and violation of the Cyprus Ships (Prohibition of
Transportation) Laws 1966-1971 (Law 26/66 as amended).

——————
Why the Cold Feet?
——————

6. (C) COMMENT: Greek Cypriots learn Security Council
resolutions like others learn their ABCs — early and by
heart. No country pays more lip service to their status at
the top of the international pyramid. Why, then, the seeming
disregard for RoC obligations under 1747 and 1803? Contacts
ranging from President Christofias to worker bees at the MFA
informed us that Cyprus’s 2006 decision to interdict the M/V
Gregorio, a vessel carrying missile radar equipment from
North Korea to Syria, had caused grave damage to its
bilateral relations with Damascus. The Syrians had responded
by green-lighting regular ferry service between Latakeia and
the “occupied” port of Famagusta in the “Turkish Republic of
Northern Cyprus.” Highest-level RoC entreaties have failed
to compel Damascus to end the sea link, one of the few clear
diplomatic blows the Cypriots have taken recently. They
worry that further government action against the Monchegorsk
might provoke Damascus to take further steps to “upgrade” the
“TRNC.”
Urbancic

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SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR P, EUR, NEA, ISN

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/27/2019
TAGS: PARM, PREL, MNUC, SY, IR, CY
SUBJECT: CYPRUS: M/V MONCHEGORSK STILL LOITERING OFF
LARNACA

REF: A. NICOSIA 58
B. ANKARA 3

Classified By: Ambassador Frank C. Urbancic, Reasons 1.4 (b), (d)

1. (S) Ship status: U.S. Navy sources report at 1500 hrs
local (0800 hrs DC) that the M/V Monchegorsk is holding
position some 60 nautical miles southeast of Larnaca.

2. (C) Diplomatic activity since last update (Ref A):
Following EUR Assistant Secretary Daniel Fried’s telephone
call to RoC Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou, RoC
Diplomatic Coordinator Leonidas Pantelides telephoned the
Ambassador at 1845 hrs January 27 to inform that the
Monchegorsk was no longer steaming toward Latakeia, Syria,
but rather was loitering 60 miles from Larnaca, awaiting
further instructions.

3. (C) At 1000 hrs January 28, the Ambassador telephoned
Pantelides for an update, learning that the vessel had not
moved overnight. The parties to the incident “were speaking
through their lawyers,” the RoC diplomat noted, attempting to
determine their next steps. Further, he had been informed
that the ship had been told to be prepared to proceed to port
(Note: we have transcribed Pantelides’s fuzzy, passive
voiced language verbatim.) The Ambassador asked Pantelides
which port in Cyprus would receive the Monchegorsk; he
replied that it had not yet been decided.

4. (C) The Ambassador highlighted recent media reporting
that Turkey, in a similar case, had detained a suspect
Iranian shipment allegedly heading to Venezuela (Ref B).
Pantelides sounded intrigued and asked that we forward the
press pieces. Ambassador also offered to share, and
Pantelides accepted, declassified/releasable photographs of
the Monchegorsk’s cargo taken during the USN’s earlier
boarding. Finally, the Ambassador repeated earlier offers of
U.S. assistance in the matter and urged Pantelides to request
an independent cargo inspection conducted by Cypriot military
and/or security officials, once the vessel reaches port.
Urbancic

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/28/2039
TAGS: MNUC, PARM, PREL, CY, IR, SY
SUBJECT: ENGAGING THE ROC REGARDING THE M/V MONCHEGORSK

REF: A. STATE 5968
B. EUR/SE-EMBASSY O-I OF JANUARY 26

Classified by: ASSISTANT SECRETARY DANIEL FRIED, EUR.
Reasons 1.4 (B) and (D).

1. (U) This is an Action Request. Please see
paragraph 4.

2. (S) Background and Objective: The M/V MONCHEGORSK, a
Cypriot-flagged, Russian owned vessel leased by Islamic
Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), left Bandar
Abbas, Iran in mid-January, bound for Latakia, Syria. On
January 19 and 20, U.S. naval forces in the Red Sea
twice boarded the vessel with the master’s consent to
inspect the cargo. Initial reports indicated that the
cargo consisted of large-caliber cannon shells and small
arms ammunition-related components. A more thorough
examination of the data resulting from the inspection
indicates that the portion of the cargo that was
inspected consisted of components, including propellant,
for various caliber artillery, tank, and small arms
rounds. Based on these additional details, we consider
this shipment of “arms or related material” from Iran a
violation of UNSCR 1747.

3. (S) The Republic of Cyprus (ROC) agreed to take
action as the flag state and issued a voluntary recall
of the Monchegorsk to port in Cyprus. Updated
information as of 1900 EST, January 28, 2009, indicated
the vessel was prepared to proceed to Limassol, Cyprus
and would probably arrive early the morning of 29
January. The Department requests Embassy Nicosia to
urge the ROC to be as assertive as possible in
encouraging the ROC to conduct a thorough inspection of
the cargo.

4. (S/REL CYPRUS) Action Request: Embassy Nicosia is
asked to use, as needed, the following points with ROC
officials.

Begin Points

— There is continued concern at the highest levels of
the USG about the cargo of the M/V Monchegorsk.

–Following the U.S. Naval personnel boarding of the M/V
Monchegorsk on January 19 and 20, the USG believes the
transfer of cargo on board may be a violation of UNSCR
1747.

–Given our knowledge of this transshipment, we may need
to raise this issue at the UN Security Council.

–We would like to fully coordinate any actions taken by
our Mission in NY with your government.

–We would especially like to be able to refer to the
positive actions taken by Cyprus to ensure this ship was
not allowed to violate the terms of UNSCR 1747.

–In particular, we would again strongly urge the ROC to
be as assertive as possible in instructing the
Monchegorsk to dock in Cyprus, so a thorough inspection
of the cargo can take place.

— However, if the ship arrives in Syria, without the
ROC’s best efforts to support the relevant UNSCRs, the
USG would not be able to portray the ROC’s actions in
the most positive light. As UNSCR 1747 makes clear in
para 5, “States shall prohibit the procurement of such
items from Iran by their nationals, or using their flag
vessels or aircraft, and whether or not originating in
the territory of Iran.

–The USG remains willing to assist in any way possible.

End Points

5. (S/REL CYPRUS) The following points may also be
reiterated at Post’s discretion. These points are drawn
from Ref. B.

Begin Points

–Under Article 41 of the UN Charter, the Security
Council may decide what measures are to be employed to
give effect to its decisions and it may call upon Member
States to apply such measures. Under Article 25 of the
Charter, UN member states have agreed to accept and
carry out the Council’s decisions in accordance with the
Charter.

–Under operative paragraph 5 of UNSCR 1747, unanimously
adopted under Article 41, the Security Council decided
that:

-Iran shall not supply, sell or transfer directly
or indirectly from its territory? any arms or
related materiel; and

-all states shall prohibit the procurement of such
items from Iran? using their flag vessels or
aircraft.

-The Cypriot-flagged vessel M/V MONCHEGORSK is carrying
Iranian-origin arms-related military cargo to Syria.

-An inspection conducted by a US Navy ship on January 19
and 20 revealed containers carrying 120 mm, 122 mm, 125
mm, and 160 mm high explosives that originated in Iran
and are destined for Syria. Inspection also revealed
7.62 mm shell casings, compressed gunpowder, silver
dollar-sized slugs, primer, and magnesium primers.

-Consequently, Cyprus has an obligation to prevent the
use of the M/V MONCHEGORSK – a Cypriot-flagged vessel —
from participating in this transaction.

-In addition, Operative Paragraph 11 of UNSCR 1803 calls
upon states to inspect cargoes to and from Iran, of
aircraft and vessels, at their airports and seaports,
owned or operated by Iran Air Cargo and Islamic Republic
of Iran Shipping Line, provided there are reasonable
grounds to believe that the aircraft or vessel is
transporting prohibited goods.

-It is extremely important that Cyprus take positive
action to stop this shipment in order to protect the
integrity and sound reputation of its ship registry.

End Points

END TEXT.

CLINTON

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SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR EUR, NEA, ISN, P

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/28/2019
TAGS: PARM, PREL, MNUC, SY, IR, CY
SUBJECT: CYPRUS: M/V MONCHEGORSK ANCHORED OFF LIMASSOL

REF: A. NICOSIA 73
B. NICOSIA 58

Classified By: Ambassador Frank C. Urbancic, Reasons 1.4 (b), (d)

1. (S) Ship’s Location and Status: USS Barry reported that
the M/V Monchegorsk entered Cypriot territorial waters at
0315 Zulu on January 29. Roughly four hours later, it
arrived at the port of Limassol, where it remains at
anchorage.

2. (C) Diplomatic Activity: The evening of January 28,
Israeli DCM informed Embassy Econoff that GoI Ambassador
Avrahaam Haddad had been in close contact with RoC Diplomatic
Coordinator Leonidas Pantelides regarding the Monchegorsk.
Haddad telephoned the Ambassador on January 29 to brief on
his activities and request a recap of USG actions.

3. (C) The Ambassador at 1030 hrs local (0330 DC) telephoned
Pantelides to commend Cyprus’s decision to bring the
Monchegorsk to Limassol. Ambassador reminded Pantelides that
the Cypriots’ letter of recall which he (Pantelides) had
shared with us specifically informed the Monchegorsk “that
any cargo not in conformity with UN Security Resolutions 1747
and 1803 must be unloaded in Limassol to avoid infringement
of the UNSCRs and violation of RoC shipping rules and
regulations.” Ambassador again offered U.S. technical
assistance in the matter. He also solicited the RoC’s
envisioned way-forward, and consulted on a strategy for
handling media inquiries — Ambassador told Pantelides that
the Embassy would refrain from making any comments beyond
what was already in the press and would refer questions to
the Foreign Ministry. (Note: Leading daily “Phileleftheros”
on January 29 ran an article on the Monchegorsk, essentially
a translation of a days-earlier AP story in which CJCS ADM
Mullen allegedly voiced U.S. disappointment over its
inability to detain the Monchegorsk in the Red Sea.)

4. (C) Pantelides confirmed that the Monchegorsk was at
anchor in Limassol, but would provide little specific on
Cyprus’s planned course of action. Early reports from RoC
maritime officials had corroborated the existence of large
quantities of high explosives on board, a fact, Pantelides
noted, that troubled the Cypriots on safety grounds. He
confirmed his government would undertake a more thorough
inspection, but deflected the offer of U.S. assistance,
claiming the RoC wanted to go “step by step” before
committing to off-load any cargo. As to press, he concurred
with the proposed strategy, requesting the Embassy limit its
commentary to confirmation that U.S. forces had boarded the
vessel a week earlier in the Red Sea.
Urbancic

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C O N F I D E N T I A L NICOSIA 000077

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR EUR, NEA, ISN, P

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/29/2019
TAGS: PARM, PREL, MNUC, SY, IR, CY
SUBJECT: CYPRUS: GOVERNMENT SEEKING MUTUALLY-PALATABLE END
STATE

REF: A. NICOSIA 75
B. NICOSIA 73
C. NICOSIA 58

Classified By: Ambassador Frank C. Urbancic, Reasons 1.4 (b), (d)

1. (C) Ship Status: M/V Monchegorsk remains at anchorage in
the Limassol port. Cypriot maritime officials have conducted
a cursory inspection, finding large quantities of high
explosive on board. RoC officials promise a more thorough
inspection is forthcoming.

2. (C) Diplomatic Activity: The Ambassador at 1545 hrs
local (0845 DC) telephoned Presidential Diplomatic
Coordinator Leonidas Pantelides seeking the latest on the M/V
Monchegorsk recall. Pantelides responded that Cypriot
officials were inspecting the ship now and “would find what
you found.” He was unsure what the government would do once
it discovered military materiel, however. Pantelides made
clear the RoC understood it could not let the ship reach
Syria. Yet it also aimed to prevent Iranian/Syrian goods
being stuck on its territory.

3. (C) Brainstorming, the RoC diplomat floated the
possibility of transferring the cargo to the United Nations
in some creative way. UNFICYP likely was out, owing to its
restrictive mandate; also, transfer to UNFICYP likely would
require bringing the materiel on land, which the government
hoped to avoid. But might UNIFIL be a possibility?
Pantelides ventured. That UN mission runs its sea operations
out of Limassol. He questioned whether the Monchegorsk’s
haul could be transferred to a German ship operating under
the UN flag, and taken out of Cyprus.

4. (C) Ambassador welcomed the creative thinking and
promised to follow up with Washington. He emphasized that
the aim of the USG was not to punish Cyprus, but to prevent
an illegal Iranian arms export. Pantelides responded by
noting he would continue to be in close communication with
the Embassy. He would wait for any other U.S. proposals that
might allow the RoC to remove the materiel from Cyprus
without it ending up in Syria.

5. (C) Comment: The RoC is clearly feeling the heat and
wants to avoid a confrontation with Syria and Iran.
Pantelides worries, with reason, that the Monchegorsk
incident will break soon into the contentious Cypriot press,
and he is looking for a way out before it becomes an
embarrassment to the government. From their perspective,
some sort of UN cover would make “doing the right thing”
easier and more palatable, since the very hardest political
pill for the RoC to swallow would be off-loading the cargo on
land while its final disposition is decided. We leave to
Washington and New York experts the determination of whether
Pantelides’s UNIFIL idea, or some other arrangement involving
the UN, will fly.
Urbancic

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/30/2019
TAGS: PARM, MNUC, PREL, PGOV, SY, IR, CY
SUBJECT: MONCHEGORSK: MFA SEEKING LEGAL OPINIONS,
PRESIDENCY EVALUATING DISPOSITION OPTIONS

REF: A. URBANCIC-FITZPATRICK EMAIL OF 30 JANUARY
B. NICOSIA 18
C. NICOSIA 73
D. NICOSIA 75
E. NICOSIA 78

Classified By: Ambassador Frank C. Urbancic, Reasons 1.4 (b), (d)

1. (U) This telegram contains action requests; please see
Paragraphs 3, 4, and 11.

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Ship Status:
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2. (C) M/V Monchegorsk remains at anchorage in the Limassol
port. Cypriot maritime officials have conducted a cursory
inspection, finding high explosives of obvious military
usage. They intend to inspect further the contents of 55
crates on board — possibly the same ones checked earlier by
U.S. Navy personnel.

—————————-
MFA: Legal Findings Desired
—————————-

3. (C) Diplomatic Activity: At 1015 hrs local (0315 DC),
MFA Permanent Secretary (D-equivalent) Nicolas Emiliou
summoned the Ambassador for discussions on the M/V
Monchegorsk; owing to a prior commitment, PolChief attended
in his place. Emiliou opened by noting Cyprus’s great
interest in alleged comments by CJCS ADM Mike Mullen that the
U.S., after halting the Monchegorsk on the high seas, had let
the vessel proceed after determining it had no legal grounds
to detain it. In preparing the MFA’s own legal opinion as to
the applicability of UN Security Council Resolutions 1747 and
1803 to the materiel shipment, Emiliou wished first to see
the USG’s findings — if possible, something more elaborate
than the short non-papers the Embassy had delivered so far.

4. (C) The MFA diplomat claimed that 1747 was open to
interpretation. There was a difference of opinion on the
Ministry’s legal team, with some experts believing that OP
5’s call on states to prohibit the procurement of any arms or
related materiel from Iran using their flag vessels related
only to nuclear weapons-related materiel (since the entire
resolution preamble, as well as OPs 1-4, dealt primarily with
Iran’s nuclear program.) This was Syria’s position, Emiliou
noted. In fact, Damascus had deployed a high-level envoy to
Nicosia, the Syrian Deputy FM, who was applying significant
pressure to allow the vessel to depart for Latakeia. Emiliou
again requested U.S. legal thinking, here, on why 1747
applied for conventional (vice nuclear) materiel.

5. (C) Cypriot maritime officials had conducted a cursory
check of the Monchegorsk and discovered significant
quantities of high explosives that were clearly military in
nature, Emiliou informed. They would perform more detailed
checks shortly, having identified 55 suspicious crates (Note:
likely those already inspected by U.S. personnel.) Should
the RoC’s attorneys determine the cargo was subject to UNSC
sanctions, the overarching Cypriot desire was to remove it
soonest from the island, owing to “heavy pressure” from
Damascus and Teheran. Cyprus would require assistance from
friendly nations in disposing of the materiel, Emiliou
concluded.

———————————–
Brits Ready to Assist, if Necessary
———————————–

6. (C) Ambassador at 1200 hrs called on UK High Commissioner
Peter Millet. Millet informed that 18 hours earlier, he had
received confusing instructions from a CENTCOM-based UK
officer to intervene with the RoC on the Monchegorsk. He had
sat on the instructions, however, in order to get more
clarity and to consult with us. In response to USG
brainstorming over the possibility of using the British

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Sovereign Base Areas (SBAs) in the disposition of the cargo,
Millet noted some practical difficulties, but assured the
SBAs could accept the cargo “both physically and
politically.” London wanted this shipment interdicted as
much as Washington, he assured, and he personally stood ready
to approach the Cypriots on the matter.

7. (C) Akrotiri, the western SBA, could accommodate landing
craft-sized vessels but nothing the size of the Monchegorsk,
Millet explained. Should the RoC want to move the cargo to
the British base, it first would need to move it through
Limassol port. The SBA did bring ammunition and explosives
through Limassol on weekend nights when there was little port
traffic, under police escort, however.

—————————————-
Presidency: UN Option Preferable to SBA
—————————————-

8. (C) Ambassador at 1330 hrs contacted Presidency
Diplomatic Coordinator Leonidas Pantelides (Ref A). He
restated U.S. appreciation for Cyprus recalling the ship, and
assured that Washington was thinking creatively about an end
state that both allowed the RoC to meet its UNSC obligations
while also respecting Cypriot domestic political and foreign
policy sensitivities. Ambassador explained that USG experts
so far had found no mechanism for affecting a handover of the
Monchegorsk’s cargo to elements of UNIFIL, an idea that
Pantelides had floated a day earlier (Ref E). Would Cyprus
accept some type of transfer to a third party, such as the
Brits via the SBAs, or even the French, whose naval
relationship with Cyprus was strong?

9. (C) Cyprus plainly preferred a solution involving the
French and UN than one using the SBAs, Pantelides responded
(likely owing to the bases’ political sensitivities here.)
Yet RoC lawyers worried that any approach to a third country
would be illegal under the UNSCRs — how was Syria prohibited
from receiving the cargo, for example, but not France or
Britain? Cyprus’s favored tack remained one that provided UN
cover to Cyprus to act. As UNSCR 1803 called on member
states to report to the Security Council, the Cypriots were
envisioning the following way-forward:

— At the request of a Permanent Member of the UNSC (the
United States), Cyprus, as flag nation of the Monchegorsk and
exercising its UNSCR obligations, would report to the Council
that it had hailed and inspected a vessel suspected of
carrying illegal Iranian arms exports;

— Cyprus would include the findings of its inspection and
its conclusion that the shipment seemingly violated UNSCRs
1747 and 1803, and would ask the Council how to proceed.

10. (C) Ambassador committed to relaying Cyprus’s thoughts
to USG policy makers. He saw a number of practical
difficulties with the proposal, however, dealing primarily
with Russia’s stance at the Council. It would be disastrous
were the Russians to block action and leave the Council
deadlocked, leaving the cargo marooned on the island and
Cyprus subjected to increasing pressures from Iran and Syria.
For this proposal to have a chance of success, Moscow’s
support must be obtained beforehand. Had Pantelides
(formerly the RoC ambassador in Moscow) floated the idea with
the Russians? Ambassador asked. He had not, but noted the
government was preparing to do so, likely in New York.

——–
Comment:
——–

11. (C) Official Cyprus is telling us their primary interest
lies in fulfilling UNSC obligations and removing the cargo
from the island, preferably under UN cover. However, RoC
political realities — mainly, the desire to keep Moscow
happy at all costs and prevent Damascus from retaliating by
upgrading relations or links with the “illegal Turkish
Republic of Northern Cyprus” — pose a countervailing demand

NICOSIA 00000093 003 OF 003

that the vessel eventually reach Syria. We therefore
recommend that Washington keep this in mind as it evaluates
this latest proposal that Cyprus has decided to explore with
the Russians. It is difficult to gauge from here what
Moscow’s position would be once the question reached the
Council or Sanctions Committee. In any case, the RoC is
looking for an out, and the passage of time now increases the
likelihood of an unfortunate government decision to allow the
Monchegorsk to sail.
Urbancic

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SUBJECT: CYPRIOTS STILL WEIGHING OPTIONS ON MONCHEGORSK

REFERENCE: NICOSIA 79 AND OTHERS

Classified by AMB Urbancic, reasons 1.4 B and D.

1. (C) Status of Ship: M/V Monchegorsk remains at anchorage in
Limassol, although the Embassy has received reports it might have moved
slightly owing to traffic conditions in the port area. Cypriot
maritime officials are conducting a more-thorough inspection of 50-plus
crates onboard the vessel. According to MFA sources, they have not/not
checked the remaining 40-plus crates, which are inaccessible unless the
Monchegorsk moves pier-side.

2. (C) Diplomatic Activity: French Ambassador Nicolas Galey on
February 2 hosted a strategy session with his U.S., British, and German
counterparts. Galey briefed regarding his latest Monchegorsk-related
communications with MFA Permanent Secretary (D-equivalent) Nicolas
Emiliou and Presidential Diplomatic Coordinator Leonidas Pantelides.
RoC maritime officials continued to inspect the 98 crates on board the
vessel, Galey relayed, “with much to look at and little staff to do the
work.” The inspectors did not have the means to check 40-plus
containers without off-loading the entire cargo at pier-side (which the
Cypriots continue to oppose.)

3. (C) Much of the deliberations on the Monchegorsk had shifted to New
York, Galey noted, with the Cypriot UN Permrep having informed his UK
and French counterparts that Cyprus intended to report the results of
the inspection to the Iran Sanctions Committee and ask the Committee
what actions to take. Locally, Galey felt it most important to ensure
the P-3 and like-minded nations were speaking from the same page, and
raised the necessity of getting European Union leaders more involved,
especially HighRep Javier Solana. German Ambassador Gottfried Zeitz
briefed that “the Six” (the EU-3 plus others) were set to meet in
Frankfurt on February 3 to discuss Iran; Zeitz believed that Solana
would attend, so this forum seemed natural to discuss the Monchegorsk.

4. (C) Zeitz repeated an offer he earlier had made to the RoC (under
instructions) for carte blanche assistance on the Monchegorsk matter;
such aid could comprise sending technical experts from Berlin or even
dispatching a vessel that could remove the cargo from Cypriot
territory. Ambassadors agreed this offer provided the RoC a “way out”
of its current predicament, should it choose to accept it.

5. (C) British High Commissioner Peter Millett raised the need to
ensure that the CypriotsQ report to Sanctions Committee did not spawn
unproductive bickering in New York. He envisioned three possibilities
in its drafting: 1/ Cypriots simply report facts of vessel inspection
(with a violation of 1747 implied); 2/ Cypriots report facts and
request a Committee determination vis-a-vis a violation; and 3/
Cypriots report facts, request Committee determination as well as
marching orders on how to dispose. Option 1 was preferred by all, in
order to prevent lengthy delays in disposition. The French ambassador
offered, after reading UNSCR 1701, that the Committee ought to be
asking Cyprus how it wished to proceed, not vice-versa. Ambassador
Urbancic recommended that we also let the RoC know that the Six should
have an idea of what the RoC would say before the report was actually
sent to the Sanctions Committee. Ambassadors agreed to convey local
P-3 thinking and repeat Germany’s assistance offer to MFA’s Emiliou;
Millett will telephone the MFA diplomat and later share his response
with the others.

6. (C) Also on February 2, Polchief called on MFA Middle East Desk
Officer Dionysus Dionysiou and Russian Deputy Chief of Mission
Alexander Shcherbakov. Regarding the recent visit of the Syrian envoy
to lobby for the MonchegorskQs release (Reftels), Dionysiou, who had
accompanied former RoC Foreign Minister Erato Marcoullis on the RoCQs
last official visit to Damascus in late 2007, assumed the Syrian had
played hardball. They felt they had Cyprus in a corner, emboldened by
the RoC recently having broken EU consensus to support (vice abstain) a
UNGA resolution on the Golan Heights. No end-state other than an RoC
decision to let the vessel proceed to Latakeia would satisfy the SARG,
Dionysiou predicted. Should that not occur, the Syrians would look to
upgrade further their relations with the breakaway “Turkish Republic of
Northern Cyprus”, and lobby hard on the “TRNC’s” behalf within the OIC.

7. (C) Dionysiou also debunked Emiliou’s assertion that MFA lawyers
were questioning 1747’s application on conventional (vice nuclear)
arms. “OP 5 is clear-cut here,” he claimed. Nonetheless, having
participated in the EU’s drafting of the amended (in 2007) common
position that followed 1747’s passage, he claimed there remained plenty
of constructive ambiguity in the UN text.

8. (C) Shcherbakov claimed that Russia, at least locally, was taking a
relatively hands-off position on the Monchegorsk. UNSCRs 1747 and 1803
prescribed flag state responsibilities and “liabilities,” he claimed,
but mandated nothing for owners (Monchegorsk’s are Russian); as such,
Cyprus was responsible for handling this incident. Press reports that
alleged Moscow was pressuring Nicosia to allow the vessel free passage
to Syria were bunk, he claimed. Rather, Russia had recommended that
Cyprus complete its inspection, send the results to the UN committee,
and act on its recommendations. Shcherbakov expected to receive a copy
of the Cypriots’ findings no later than February 3.
URBANCIC

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TAGS: PARM, MNUC, PREL, PGOR, SY, IR, CY
SUBJECT: M/V MONCHEGORSK: CYPRUS INSISTS ON UN COVER

REF: NICOSIA 96 AND OTHERS

Classified By: Ambassador Frank C. Urbancic, Reasons 1.4 (b), (d)

1. (U) Status of Ship: No changes since last report.

2. (C) Diplomatic Activity: Ambassador on February 2 spoke
with RoC Diplomatic Coordinator Leonidas Pantelides regarding
latest developments on Monchegorsk. Contradicting recent
messages from the Foreign Ministry regarding the
applicability of UNSCR 1747, Pantelides claimed there was no
doubt the Monchegorsk was carrying proscribed materiel. That
said, Cyprus needed “a blue flag (United Nations) solution,”
or otherwise would prefer to send the cargo back to source
country Iran. He dismissed any option that entailed
transferring the shipment to a third party without UN cover,
such as the German offer reported on February 2 (Reftel).
Giving the cargo to Germany would be acceptable, he
clarified, but only with authorization from the UN.
Pantelides expected the RoC to report its inspection findings
to the UNSC Iran Sanctions Committee (ISC) before week’s end,
perhaps as early as February 4. The message would include
not only the results of the government’s inspection, but also
questions posed to the ISC regarding disposition of the
Monchegorsk cargo. Pantelides noted the RoC had consulted
with the Russians and Chinese in New York and had been
assured that there would be no difficulties. Ambassador
emphasized that the U.S. believed Cyprus should report a
violation to the Council without open-ended questions;
returning the cargo to Iran was a bad option, he added.

3. (C) Ambassador also discussed next steps with resident UK
High Commissioner Peter Millett. Millett hours earlier had
engaged RoC Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou to urge the
Cypriots to report only their inspection findings to the ISC
and specifically not seek guidance for proceeding. However,
in the face of what appeared to be a near-imminent Cypriot
decision not to report and perhaps let the boat leave,
Millett’s message apparently softened, focusing instead on
the necessity of referring the matter to New York regardless
of wording. Kyprianou claimed that “these people” —
pointing at President Demetris Christofias and fellow AKEL
party glitterati — had allowed the Monchegorsk to become an
ideological, David versus Goliath affair, with “little
Cyprus” naturally cozying up to Syria’s David. Such an
interpretation did not bode well for a solution acceptable to
the U.S., Britain, and others, the Minister concluded.

4. (C) As to immediate next steps, Millett raised the idea
of coordinated telephone calls from P-3-plus-one capitals to
Christofias, at the PolDir level.
Urbancic

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TAGS: PARM, MNUC, PREL, PGOV, SY, IR, CY
SUBJECT: MONCHEGORSK: CYPRIOTS BEGINNING TO SQUIRM

REF: NICOSIA 98 AND OTHERS

Classified By: Ambassador Frank C. Urbancic, Reasons 1.4 (b), (d)

1. (U) This message contains an action request; please see
Paragraph 7.

2. (C) Status of Ship: No changes since last report — M/V
Monchegorsk remains at anchorage in Limassol harbor, under
maritime police observation. Conversations with Palace
officials hint at discord between the RoC, ship’s master and
crew, and ship’s owners, mainly over financial costs of
remaining in Cyprus and/or transit to a third-country (i.e.,
not Syrian) port (Para 6).

3. (C) Diplomatic Activity: The Ambassador at 0900 hrs
local (0200 DC) February 5 contacted Presidential Palace
Diplomatic Coordinator Leonidas Pantelides. The United
States regretted the RoC decision to send its unhelpful
letter to the Iran Sanctions Committee (ISC), he began. Now
that the conversations had shifted to New York, however, the
critical issue on-island was to ensure the Monchegorsk did
not escape RoC control. Pantelides assured that Cyprus would
not allow the ship to depart. He repeated that the
government sought UN cover for its actions and wanted to get
the Monchegorsk and its cargo out of Cyprus, but only by
putting it “in possession of the UN.” The RoC had been in
regular contact with Moscow on the matter, and was convinced
the Russians would support its tack in New York.

4. (C) Pantelides called back at 1300 hrs, a touch frazzled
and with a completely different message. “We want to find a
way through this mess,” the Cypriot diplomat insisted,
admitting the government unlikely would receive the response
it had sought via its letter to the ISC. Now Cyprus wanted
to explore a third-country transfer option, which until this
conversation, it had dismissed out-of-hand.

5. (C) “Unofficially” and without committing his government,
Pantelides asked if Malta represented an acceptable venue to
receive the goods. France and Italy had been too “high
profile” for a third-party transfer, he explained.
Neighboring Malta, however, was tiny, and RoC President
Demetris Christofias would be comfortable dealing with the
Maltese. Pantelides wanted to hear U.S. views on the
proposal before fleshing it out further, and presented
Ambassador a broad outline. Cyprus’s thinking entailed
ordering the ship and cargo to Malta, where the containers
would be off-loaded. The Monchegorsk would depart, and the
Maltese would take appropriate action in accordance with
UNSCRs 1747 and 1803. Pantelides did not reveal, however,
whether he had floated this proposal with Valletta, London or
Paris.

6. (C) The only local impediment Pantelides saw was a
possible demand from Monchegorsk’s owners, crew or master for
the RoC to cover transit costs and fees. He and the
Ambassador eventually agreed, however, that those figures did
not appear exorbitant for Cyprus, and that alone should not
derail this options, if it were found otherwise to be
workable. Ambassador committed to report the RoC approach
back to Washington and later share the USG response, whatever
it might be.

7. (C) Comment and Action Request: Without its
desperately-sought “UN cover,” we believe that Cyprus will
continue to resist with all means available the off-loading
of the Monchegorsk in Limassol. We also understand, however,
that the EU is turning up the heat on the RoC to take action
in line with EU Common Positions. Success in Brussels would
be the best outcome to the Monchegorsk affair. Short of
that, we request instructions from Washington on whether to
encourage the RoC to pursue its Malta proposal (we will
continue to track and report it regardless). If this option
is determined to be workable, it will be imperative to have
sufficient assets in place to ensure the ship does not break
and run, as well as assurances from Valletta that it is
willing and capable to accept the illegal cargo.
Urbancic

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DEPARTMENT FOR EUR, IO, ISN, NEA, P, L

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/06/2019
TAGS: PARM, MNUC, PREL, PGOV, IR, SY, CY
SUBJECT: MONCHEGORSK: CYPRUS FLESHING OUT MALTA IDEA,
CONSIDERING OTHERS

REF: NICOSIA 104 AND OTHERS

Classified By: Ambassador Frank C. Urbancic, Reasons 1.4 (b), (d)

1. (U) Status of Vessel: No changes since last report
(Reftel).

2. (S) Diplomatic Activity: Ambassador at 1130 hrs local
(0430 DC) on February 6 telephoned Presidential Diplomatic
Coordinator Leonidas Pantelides for further clarity on
Pantelides’s day-earlier suggestion that the RoC transport
the M/V Monchegorsk’s cargo to Malta for safe-keeping,
storage, and/or eventual disposition (Reftel). While he had
not yet received formal instructions from Washington to
support the initiative, the Ambassador noted that he had not
heard objections, either. Above all, the United States’
primary goal was to block the export of Iranian munitions. A
response from the Iran Sanctions Committee to Cyprus’s letter
would be coming soon, Ambassador added, and Cyprus needed to
take action. Pantelides was more blunt than usual in
replying. “Cyprus will not be able to withstand the pressure
much longer, and has to find a way out,” he claimed, noting
that Monchegorsk stories were now dominating local media.
The Ambassador inferred that the RoC would act very quickly
once the Sanctions Committee letter arrived, perhaps even
over the weekend.

3. (S) In response to the Ambassador’s query, Pantelides
revealed that Cyprus had not yet put the plan to Malta for
consideration. Later today he intended to flesh out the
proposal, obtain President Demetris Christofias’s support for
it, and, if he received a green light, approach the Maltese
directly. The RoC did not/not want the U.S. to intervene
with Valletta first, he stressed. Ambassador agreed the U.S.
would not contact the Maltese, but restated the U.S. offer to
help with disposition of the goods, both diplomatically and
technically. As usual Pantelides demurred, but promised to
brief the Ambassador after his imminent conversation with the
President.

4. (S) The Ambassador later briefed UK High Commissioner
Peter Millett on the Pantelides call. Millett reported that
the Cypriots had not raised the Malta option in earlier
conversations, but he saw value in exploring the proposal.
The two islands were members of the Commonwealth and European
Union and shared a common (and perhaps paranoid) worldview.
They worked well together, even recently signing an agreement
to provide joint diplomatic and consular services from their
respective missions. Further, Millett observed, Malta likely
would be receptive to EU support for this type of solution to
a UN resolution violation. It would take some effort to
convince the Maltese it was in their own self-interest to
take the Monchegorsk burden off Cyprus, he concluded. That
said, there were no apparent Syrian pressure points on Malta,
unlike on Cyprus.

5. (S) Following up the morning conversation and in response
to recent EUCOM reporting that the Monchegorsk might be
weighing anchor, Ambassador telephoned Pantelides at 1545
hrs. Could we expect developments over the weekend? he
inquired. Pantelides guaranteed that the vessel would not
depart Cypriot waters. In another seeming about-face, he
added that, “if we decide to unload the cargo, the ship will
go to Larnaca (another Cypriot port 40 miles NE of Limassol).
We can deal with it better there.” (Comment: it could be
that pressure in New York and Brussels has left Cyprus
reconsidering its formerly dead-set opposition to bringing
the haul on land.) The Palace diplomat did not offer further
details on the Malta arrangement nor a readout of his meeting
with Christofias, however.

6. (S) Ambassador also engaged French Ambassador Nicolas
Galey on February 6. Galey reported tremendous European
Union pressure on Cyprus in recent days regarding the
Monchegorsk matter. Cyprus had obligations to the EU to
prevent the illegal export and could not stand on the excuse
that action on the Monchegorsk had moved to New York.
Further, Galey reported, member states had warned Cyprus the

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cargo could not be returned to Iran. Galey claimed he was
recommending a joint demarche in Nicosia with the P-3 plus
Czechs and Germans. He also would recommend a joint demarche
in Damascus. The United States likely would want to
participate in Nicosia, the Ambassador responded, suggesting
the target be President Christofias himself. He also stated
that Washington likely would provide just about anything
necessary to ensure the cargo did not make it to Syria.
“That takes away the Cypriot argument that they don’t have
the technical capacity to deal with the cargo,” Galey
responded.
Urbancic

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DEPARTMENT FOR EUR, IO, NEA, ISN, P, L

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/08/2019
TAGS: PARM, MNUC, PREL, IR, SY, CY
SUBJECT: MONCHEGORSK: DECISION ON DISPOSITION “WITHIN 2-3
DAYS”

REF: A. NICOSIA 104
B. BRYZA-FRIEDT EMAIL OF 2/6/09

Classified By: DCM Jonathan Cohen, Reasons 1.4 (b), (d)

1. (C) Status of Vessel: The M/V Monchegorsk moved slightly
further from shore on February 7/8. An RoC diplomatic source
claimed the vessel had relocated to keep from blocking
Limassol port traffic. A maritime official cited the
vessel’s dangerous cargo and the need to maintain distance
between the Monchegorsk and other ships. Informing the
latter’s account were recent media stories on the release of
the Iran Sanctions Committee’s interim response to Cyprus’s
request for guidance — the February 8 headline of
English-language “Cyprus Mail” read “Ship Carries Banned
Weapons, UN Says.”