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Cablegate: Canada Agrees to Joint Demarche Re Un Senior

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STATE FOR SCA/A MEGHAN BRADLEY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL MOPS IO AF CA
SUBJECT: CANADA AGREES TO JOINT DEMARCHE RE UN SENIOR
CIVILIAN REPRESENTATIVE FOR AFGHANISTAN

REF: STATE 1001

1. (SBU) In response to reftel demarche on January 4,
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)
Afghanistan Task Force (FTAG) Deputy Director Richard
Arbeiter confirmed that DFAIT would instruct the Canadian
Permanent Representative to the UN in New York to participate
in the joint demarche urging Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon to
appoint Lord Ashdown as Senior Civilian Representative (SCR)
for Afghanistan.

2. (SBU) Arbeiter explained that Canada fully recognizes the
need to choose a European SCR, particularly in light of the
shared desire eventually to "triple-hat" Lord Ashdown. He
added, however, that Canada would like to see the SCR's terms
of reference (TORs) specifically cite Canada as "a source of
advice and support." Arbeiter added that Canada will do
everything it can to help ensure that the SCR's inaugural
trip to Afghanistan -- which he predicted would occur in late
January -- is a success. To this end, Canada wants to work
with the U.S. and other partners to deal with any possible
sensitivities in Afghanistan arising from the creation of the
SCR position, and to make sure Lord Ashdown appreciates the
need to consult with as many Afghan interlocutors as
possible. He underscored that "it's critical that he get it
right from the outset."

3. (SBU) Arbeiter commented that the UNAMA annual review
would occur in March and therefore it will be important for
the U.S. and Canada to collaborate closely on setting the
stage for the SCR to succeed. This will include ensuring
Lord Ashdown has the power commensurate with the demands upon
him and drafting a strong resolution regarding UNAMA that
would translate into SCR authority over relevant UN budgets,
he noted.

4. (SBU) Arbeiter said that he plans to discuss these and
other matters when he and colleagues from FTAG meet with
working-level counterparts in Washington, D.C. o/a January
15. He added that his team very much hopes that this meeting
will focus on dialogue rather than on set-piece presentations.

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