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Cablegate: Read-Out of Meetings with Syg Ban On Darfur

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SUBJECT: READ-OUT OF MEETINGS WITH SYG BAN ON DARFUR


1. (SBU) In an August 14 meeting with Ambassador Khalilzad,
Secretary-General (SYG) Ban Ki-moon discussed his upcoming

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September 2-4 visit to Sudan, which would also include stops
in Chad and Libya. The SYG hoped by the time of his trip,
United Nations (UN) Special Envoy Eliasson and African Union
(AU) Special Envoy Salim would be able to recommend convening
an AU-UN-hosted "peace conference" of all parties to the
Darfur conflict. SYG Ban solicited U.S. and UN Security
Council (UNSC) help in convincing Sudan Liberation Movement
faction leader Abdelwahid to participate in the peace process.

2. (SBU) SYG Ban was critical of recent press statements by
AU Commission Chairperson Konare about the composition of the
UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), agreeing with Ambassador
Khalilzad and with UNSC Members during his monthly luncheon
with the UNSC (also held on August 14) that "African
character" did not equal "African-only." South Africa was
vocal in supporting this assertion and urged the SYG to make
a statement about the UN's lead in UNAMID command and control.

3. (SBU) SYG Ban was positive following phone conversations
with President Bashir. On the issue of the vacant post of
Special Representative for the UN Mission in the Sudan
(UNMIS), the SYG reported to Ambassador Khalilzad that the
Sudanese Government had not yet responded to the suggestion
of Ashraf Qazi for this post. The SYG was concerned that to
replace Qazi in Iraq without on onward assignment would
constitute a "loss of face" for Qazi.

4. (SBU) During the August 14 SYG luncheon, Ambassador
Khalilzad stressed the need for observation of Darfur
benchmarks in order to provide the UNSC with ammunition to
use its influence as necessary if the Darfur processes got
off track. The Chinese Permanent Representative argued that
political progress in Darfur was the most important issue,
but Ambassador Khalilzad stressed that the
military/peacekeeping track was necessary in the short-term
to ensure meeting the long-term goal of political
reconciliation.
KHALILZAD

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