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Cablegate: Sudan Consortium Planning

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INFO RUCNFUR/DARFUR COLLECTIVE
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL KPKO SOCI AU UNSC SU
SUBJECT: SUDAN CONSORTIUM PLANNING


1. (U) This is an action request, please see paragraphs 3 and 4.

2. (SBU) Deputy SRSG Amira Haq and World Bank Country Manager Asif
Faiz asked CDA Fernandez March 9 for U.S. assistance with the agenda
and venue of the Sudan Consortium, due to take place in Paris May
6-8. According to Haq these are the only dates that will work due
to the planned national census in Sudan at the end of April and the
SPLM Congress in May.

3. (SBU) The most difficult issue is where Darfur should figure on
the Consortium agenda, with the GOS requesting that Darfur be
discussed at the end of the Consortium and most donors expressing a
preference to discuss Darfur first. The EC and Canada have even
suggested not holding a Consortium meeting due to the recent GOS
escalation of attacks in West Darfur. D/SRSG Haq and CDA Fernandez
agreed this would be counter-productive and would play into the
hands of the regime, who have little to gain from the Consortium
since most of the assistance pledged will be for the South and
Darfur. Haq requested U.S. assistance convincing the EC, Canada,
and other donors to accept a compromise: discuss Darfur up front but
in a closed-door "constructive" session focused on the way forward.
Haq believes that the GOS will accept this compromise, based on her
discussions with MFA U/S Mutriff Siddiq, who does not want the
Darfur portion of the agenda to turn into a GOS-bashing session.
(Note: The SPLM, for its part, does not want Darfur included on the
agenda. End note.)

4. (SBU) Haq also requested U.S. assistance with the venue. Since
the World Bank venue in Paris is not available during May 6-8 (she
has not received replies from the OECD and UNESCO) Haq asked whether
the U.S. would object to the World Bank hosting the Consortium in
Washington. CDA Fernandez observed that Paris is reportedly keen to
host and that Washington may have some objections given the short
time frame, but that we would communicate her request.

5. (SBU) Post would appreciate feedback on these proposals so we may
share them with D/SRSG Haq and her staff.

FERNANDEZ

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