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Cablegate: Update On Un Activities in Iraq; Un Requests U.S.

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SUBJECT: UPDATE ON UN ACTIVITIES IN IRAQ; UN REQUESTS U.S.
MILAD

1. (SBU) Summary: USUN and UKUN met April 3 with the UN,s
Iraq team to discuss substantive and logistical issues
involving the UN Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI). The UN
pressed for USG approval to assign a U.S. military advisor to
the UNAMI team; the UN is actively looking to expand its
presence throughout Iraq, and claim the expansion requires
additional milads, especially from the U.S. or other
coalition country. On elections, the UN is optimistic that
elections can be held in 2008, and expects that a 30-day
voter registration drive will begin June 1. On Article 140,
the UN reported that it was working with four districts in
the north to gauge the willingness of all sides to
compromise, before tackling Kirkuk. In this regard, UNAMI
considers its relations with the KRG to be "excellent." End
summary.

UN PUSHES FOR A U.S. MILAD

2. (SBU) The UN,s team leader on Iraq, Darko Mocibob, as
well as visiting UNAMI chief of staff Siddharth Chatterjee,
raised the UN,s request for six additional military advisors
in a meeting with USUN and UKUN April 3. They reported they
had received positive indications from Italy, and are engaged
in serious dicussions withothers, including Australia, Canada
and Japan. These additional milads are needed, said Mocibob
and Chatterjee, if UNAMI is to expand beyond Baghdad, Irbil
and Basrah. The UN hopes to have a future presence in Najaf,
Anbar, Kirkuk, Dahuk, and Sulaminiyah, but cannot begin
without the milads, which serve as a liaison to MNF-I and the
Iraqi military, a role that is a precondition for a UN
presence. Both emphasized the importance of a U.S. milad,
preferably with experience in theater, to serve as the point
person for UNAMI,s dealings with MNF-I. They noted that the
U.S. has never seconded a milad to UNAMI, despite previous
requests. Poloff promised to report this request, but
encouraged UNAMI to discuss this issue with MNF-I in Baghdad
to see if an informal arrangement could be reached.

LONG-TERM COMPOUND UPDATE

3. (SBU) Mocibob said progress was slow but steady on the
long-term compound. UN management in New York has asked for
clarification on a number of issues, and UNAMI is working to
respond to these questions. The two major outstanding issues
involve pending requests before the Iraqi government: a
request to grant the UN a lien in writing for 25 years rent
of the compound site, and a request for more details
regarding the Iraqi government,s promise to defray a
percentage of the costs of the compound, currently budgeted
at 98.2 million dollars. Chatterjee asked that the U.S. and
UK raise these two issues with the Iraqis. SRSG de Mistura
plans to address the UN,s budget committee at the beginning
of May, and needs a response from the Iraqis on these two
issues before that meeting.

ARTICLE 140 AND ELECTIONS

4. (SBU) Mocibob said UNAMI has begun work in four districts
along the disputed boundary in the north, before tackling
Kirkuk. Chatterjee described UNAMI relations with the KRG as
"excellent," and emphasized that any long-term solution to
Article 140 and Kirkuk will require passage of the
long-delayed oil revenue law. On elections, the UN is proud
of its role in arranging the recent selection of governorate
election officers, and is now optimistic regarding the
prospects for holding an election in 2008. The Council of
Representatives has begun the process of allocating 100
million USD to begin the election preparations, which starts
with a 30-day voter registration period, currently set for
June 1.
KHALILZAD

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