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Cablegate: Baghdad's Sunni Suburbs to See Some Services

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PP RUEHBC RUEHDA RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHKUK
DE RUEHGB #3840 3291334
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 251334Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4506
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

UNCLAS BAGHDAD 003840

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KDEM PGOV PINR PINS IZ
SUBJECT: BAGHDAD'S SUNNI SUBURBS TO SEE SOME SERVICES
SUPPORT

REF: A. BAGHDAD 3045
B. BAGHDAD 2847

1. (U) This is a Baghdad PRT reporting cable.

2. (U) Summary. Representatives of the Baghdad provincial
government held the first in a series of coordination
meetings focused on improving services in the largely Sunni
communities of suburban and rural Baghdad Province on
November 20, facilitated by Baghdad PRT, Baghdad ePRT 5 and
MND-B. This development was made possible due to the
security gains and institutional initiatives brought on by
the Baghdad Security Plan. End summary.

3. (U) Representatives of the Baghdad provincial government
held the first in a series of coordination meetings focused
on improving services in the largely Sunni communities of
suburban and rural Baghdad Province on November 20,
facilitated by Baghdad PRT, Baghdad ePRT 5 and MND-B. Using
the Joint Planning Commission (JPC) as their model, Baghdad's
provincial leaders seek to create a regular forum that would
facilitate tracking and coordination of infrastructure
projects planned and executed by Government of Iraq (GoI)
institutions, Coalition units, and PRT/ePRTs. (Reftel A).
The JPC, one of the initiatives launched as part of the
current Baghdad Security Plan, focuses on infrastructure
projects within metropolitan Baghdad and the city districts
served by the Amanat (City Hall). This new forum,
tentatively called the Joint Rural Planning Meeting (JRPM),
would coordinate projects in the six outlying qadas
(counties) with the offices of the Governor and the local
Coalition units and ePRTs.

4. (U) During the November 20 session, an executive body was
established, with leadership coming from the Rural Services
Committee of the Baghdad Provincial Council, the Governor's
office and Baghdad PRT. Subhy al-Meshadani, the only Sunni
on Baghdad's Provincial Council, will play a major role in
this body. (Reftel B). This executive body will meet next
week to lay out the agenda for the first scheduled JRPM
session, focused on the communities of the Taji qada just
north of Baghdad, the site of several recent reconciliation
initiatives.

5. (U) Comment. This development is noteworthy for a number
of reasons. A Shia-dominated provincial government is taking
concrete steps to improve services in the largely Sunni
outlying communities. Improved security in these areas,
largely the result of Concerned Local Citizens groups working
with Coalition units, is enabling such outreach. The success
of the city-centric JPC in improving GoI/USG coordination is
seen by Iraqis as an effective model to improve coordination
between national, provincial and local GOI services
institutions on a broader scale. Thus, both the security
gains and institutional initiatives brought on by the Baghdad
Security Plan are yielding positive results in enabling
service improvements. End comment.
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