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Cablegate: Canada Unable to Help Joint Integrated Units But

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TAGS: PREL PHUM SU CA
SUBJECT: CANADA UNABLE TO HELP JOINT INTEGRATED UNITS BUT
SUPPORTS CPA

REF: STATE 01335

1. (SBU) According to Sudan Desk Officer Suehila Elkateb at
the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade,
legal prohibitions on providing military assistance to Sudan,
in place since the 1990s, make it impossible for Canada to
assist with the JIU program. Even given the exemptions in
resolution 1591 for CPA implementation, Canadian law would
not allow for this kind of program, according to Elkateb.
She added that Canada does not even have a military attache
in Khartoum, but relies on a regional officer to cover Sudan.
She reiterated that Canada nonetheless remains committed to
supporting the CPA and has a number of projects in justice
sector reform, IDPs, and support for AMIS, among several
others, and recognizes the importance of the JIU program.

2. (U) On January 9, Foreign Minister Bernier issued the
following statement on the third anniversary of the signing
of the CPA:

"The Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed three years
ago, on January 9, 2005, but despite progress in key areas of
the agreement, some of these critical provisions remain to be
fully implemented. Canada believes full implementation of
the Agreement represents the cornerstone of efforts to
achieve a lasting peace throughout Sudan. Canada urges all
parties to negotiate in a spirit of compromise conducive to
ongoing dialogue and reconciliation. In this context, Canada
welcomes the Sudan People's Liberation movement's recent
decision to recommence participation in the Government of
National Unity, as well as the Government's announcement of a
new Cabinet including ministers from the Sudan People's
Liberation Movement. Canada also welcomes the January 1
transfer of authority over peacekeeping operations in Sudan's
Darfur region from the African Union Mission in Sudan to the
African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur.
Canada calls on all parties to the Darfur conflict to pursue
peace negotiations in good faith."

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