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Cablegate: Somalia: Follow-Up On Restructuring The

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PP RUEHDE RUEHROV RUEHTRO
DE RUEHC #1385/01 1092207
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 182202Z APR 08
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO RUEHNR/AMEMBASSY NAIROBI PRIORITY 7293
RUEHYN/AMEMBASSY SANAA PRIORITY 6902
RUEHDR/AMEMBASSY DAR ES SALAAM PRIORITY 4292
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS PRIORITY 8350
RUEHOT/AMEMBASSY OTTAWA PRIORITY 0353
RUEHDS/AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA PRIORITY 4682
RUEHEG/AMEMBASSY CAIRO PRIORITY 5525
RUEHDS/USMISSION USAU ADDIS ABABA PRIORITY 0021
INFO SOMALIA COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 6612
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME PRIORITY 5856
RUEHSM/AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM PRIORITY 4975
RUEHNY/AMEMBASSY OSLO PRIORITY 5746
RUEHRH/AMEMBASSY RIYADH PRIORITY 6998
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS PRIORITY

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 STATE 041385

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL EAID PGOV SO
SUBJECT: SOMALIA: FOLLOW-UP ON RESTRUCTURING THE
INTERNATIONAL CONTACT GROUP

REF: STATE 16168

1. (U) This is an action request, please see paragraph 2.

OBJECTIVES
----------

2. (SBU) Posts are asked to approach host countries and
relevant international organizations to pursue the following
objectives:

-- Inform participants of the International Contact Group
(ICG) on Somalia that a broad consensus has been reached
regarding the need to restructure the ICG to ensure its
effectiveness as both an action-oriented group and as a
coordinating mechanism; and

-- Notify ICG participants that the hand over to the United
Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General
(SRSG) as Chair of the Contact Group will take place
following the next high-level meeting on April 30 in Oslo.

BACKGROUND
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3. (SBU) ICG participants have agreed to our initial approach
to restructure the ICG (reftel) by turning over the
chairmanship to UN SRSG Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, who has agreed
to assume chair after the ICG's next meeting. Since early
March, the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, and
European Commission have participated in several conference
calls to discuss the structure of a reformed ICG, during
which it was agreed that Norway would host the next
high-level ICG meeting to facilitate the hand-off to SRSG
Ould-Abdallah. It was also agreed that the SRSG must have
maximum flexibility under the restructured ICG to establish
sub-groups under the ICG on specific issues or initiatives,
as well as bring new participants into these sub-groups, to
best achieve specific policy goals. While ICG members may
have a desire to participate in certain sub-groups, it will
be up to the SRSG to determine the composition of these
groups.

4. (SBU) Posts are asked to inform host country and regional
organization counterparts that a consensus has been reached
and will be implemented following the next high-level ICG
meeting in Oslo on April 30. Norway extended invitations to
this meeting on Tuesday, April 15. Countries and
organizations invited to participate in the April 30 meeting
are: the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy,
Tanzania, Kenya, Egypt, Yemen, Canada, Ethiopia, the African
Union, the United Nations, the Arab League, the European
Union, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development
(IGAD). The Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia
has also been invited to address the ICG. Posts may wish to
draw from the following points when informing host country
and regional organization counterparts.

5. (SBU) Begin Points.

-- A broad consensus has been reached among ICG participants
regarding the need to restructure the ICG to ensure its
effectiveness as both an action-oriented group and as a
coordination mechanism for the international community.

-- The UN SRSG, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, is also comfortable
with this approach and is prepared to take the lead of the
ICG after its next high-level meeting.

-- Norway will host the next high-level meeting in Oslo on
April 30. You should have received an invitation from Norway
on or about April 15. The agenda for this meeting will be
focused on achieving concrete outcomes on key issues and
challenges in Somalia.

STATE 00041385 002 OF 002

-- Following the transition to the SRSG as the lead of the
ICG, the SRSG will have the discretion to include new
participants in ICG discussions, as well as determine the
composition and focus of any sub-groups under the ICG. ICG
efforts at the local level will be coordinated from Nairobi,
or eventually from Somalia, with regular briefings to the ICG
capitals.

-- We appreciate the continued support of our ICG partners in
achieving lasting peace and stability in Somalia, and look
forward to working closely with all ICG participants to
support a positive outcome through a restructured ICG.

End Points.

REPORTING DEADLINE
------------------

6. (U) Department greatly appreciates Post's engagement on
this issue. Please report results of this effort via
front-channel cable to AF/E Nole Garey by Monday, April 28.
Posts are requested to include the SIPDIS caption on their
response cables.

POINT OF CONTACT
----------------

7. (U) Please contact AF/E Nole Garey at (202) 647-8284 or
via e-mail for any necessary further background information
or argumentation to meet our objectives.
RICE

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