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Cablegate: Urgent Darfur Demarche for Aviation Support And

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P R 231732Z OCT 07
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING PRIORITY 5685
RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN PRIORITY 0240
RUEHEG/AMEMBASSY CAIRO PRIORITY 2987
RUEHCP/AMEMBASSY COPENHAGEN PRIORITY 7505
RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW PRIORITY 5309
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY 3890
RUEHSA/AMEMBASSY PRETORIA PRIORITY 5420
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME PRIORITY 3554
RUEHKV/AMEMBASSY KYIV PRIORITY 4264
RUEHTC/AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE PRIORITY 0164
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL PRIORITY 5151
INFO DARFUR COLLECTIVE
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 9250

UNCLAS STATE 147667

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV KPKO UN SU
SUBJECT: URGENT DARFUR DEMARCHE FOR AVIATION SUPPORT AND
TRANSPORTATION ASSETS

REF: STATE 136068 (NOTAL)

1. Purpose and Objective: This is an action request. All
Embassies on the action line are requested to make a
high-level demarche by the Ambassador or the DCM requesting
the host country to provide the support listed below for the
UN-AU hybrid peacekeeping operation in Darfur, Sudan
(UNAMID). The Department understands that the Embassy may
have previously demarched these countries for these assets
requested below. Department anticipates that 7th floor and
NSC calls will be required but believes we need to exhaust
all efforts at Post first. Department therefore asks
Embassies to make every reasonable effort to persuade host
authorities to reconsider if they have indicated that they
could not support the request. The equipment required is as
follows:

-- 6 Attack helicopters for the heavy support package
-- 6 Utility helicopters for the heavy support package
-- 12 Utility helicopters for UNAMID deployment
-- 2 Transport companies for UNAMID deployment

2. Deadline: The deadline for Embassies to respond is
October 25, 2007.

3. Background: Timely deployment of the United
Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is one the
Department of State,s top priorities in the United Nations.
UNAMID currently lacks critical aviation and transportation
assets. UNAMID will be a predominantly African force and has
received generous contributions of many African infantry
units (including Rwanda, Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Burkina
Faso, Mali, and Malawi). Nevertheless, UNAMID still lacks
commitments for critical force multipliers/enablers,
including units to provide adequate aviation and
transportation support assets. The Department wishes to
assist the UN as much as possible in the successful and rapid
deployment of UNAMID, for which aviation and heavy
transportation assets are essential given the need for
mobility in such a large territory with difficult terrain.
Deployment of a robust, effective hybrid force is a critical
part of our strategy for sustainable peace in Darfur. Host
countries that may be able to respond positively to this
request should be asked to bring their capabilities to the
urgent attention of the UN's Department of Peacekeeping
Operations (DPKO) in New York and to engage DPKO in direct
discussions of the UN's precise requirements.

4. Note for Seoul: Dept recognizes that this demarche
request comes at a sensitive time with regard to the National
Assembly's consideration of South Korea's other international
engagements, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan.

4. Point of Contact: LTC James D. Thomas or Grace M. Kang,
IO/PSC, 202 736-7733. The email addresses for the POCs are
thomasjd@state.gov and kanggm@state.gov; please include
IO-PSC users-DL (IO-PSCusers@state.gov) from the GAL on the
CC line.
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