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Cablegate: At Long Last Chinese and Bangladeshi Units Deploy

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INFO RUCNFUR/DARFUR COLLECTIVE
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TAGS: PGOV PREL KPKO SOCI AU UNSC SU
SUBJECT: AT LONG LAST CHINESE AND BANGLADESHI UNITS DEPLOY


1. (SBU) Despite a 24-hour delay from their projected January 20
deployment date, the Chinese engineering unit and the
Bangladeshi-formed police unit (FPU) of the United Nations Heavy
Support Package (HSP) of assistance to the African Union Mission in
the Sudan finally left their base in Nyala to begin their respective
work in the field. Their deployment was delayed due to the visit by
UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations Assistant-Secretary-General
(A/SYG) Jane Holl Lute, who was in South Darfur the same day to
assess deployment progress.

2. (SBU) According to a January 21 UNAMID briefing in El Fasher,
both units and their Nigerian force protection have complete food
rations and bedding and have deployed to the "Green Field," where
the units will spend the next nine days constructing their own
accommodations [NOTE: According to UNAMID Deputy Chief of Integrated
Support Services (CISS), the units will continue to overnight in the
PAE Forward Operating Base in Nyala until their lodging and latrines
at the new location are completed. END NOTE].

3. (SBU) Despite a 48-hour delay on issuance of the Fragmentation
Order authorizing the units' deployment and A/SYG's unintended
delay, the units have not encountered major problems. Initial
reports of an absence of Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) for the
Nigerian battalion to escort the units proved untrue. The Deputy
CISS told FieldOff that the APCs are insured and now bear UN number
plates (the initial absence of which had caused a slight delay). 40
containers of necessary supplies are due to arrive within the next
two to three days, according to the Deputy CISS. He went on to
dismiss reports that the Bangladeshi FPU was having a problem with
the drinking water at the Green Field, confirming that the FPU had a
30-day supply of bottled water. The only potential complication
raised by the Deputy CISS was uncertainty as to whether or not armed
forces in the area - including the Government of Sudan and rebel
movements - had been adequately informed of the units' deployment.
He noted, however, that there had been no problems reported by any
side in the run-up to deployment.

4. (SBU) Comment: Given the early January attack on the UN convoy
near Tine, West Darfur, UNAMID planners are taking additional
measures to inform GOS and rebel sector commanders of their
movements and deployments.

5. (SBU) Tripoli minimize considered.

FERNANDEZ

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