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Cablegate: Ici: Uk Foreign Secretary Will Probably Attend

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P 091330Z MAY 08
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID ECON EFIN EINV PGOV PREL IZ UK
SUBJECT: ICI: UK FOREIGN SECRETARY WILL PROBABLY ATTEND

REF: A. STATE 43799

B. TSOU-TAECKER EMAILS/TELCONS

1. (SBU) UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband will probably
lead the UK delegation to the May 29 International Compact
with Iraq (ICI) Ministerial in Stockholm, Miliband's Chief of
Staff Matthew Gould told us May 9. The UK is not planning
any deliverables for the meeting, FCO Iraq Group officers Tim
Ayres and Graeme Plato told us May 8, although it will
highlight its ongoing assistance efforts in the south,
particularly the Basra Development Council. Nonetheless, HMG
is working with Sweden on a strong statement of support for
the ICI that would be issued at the GAERC meeting on May 28.
This statement will probably not contain concrete
deliverables, but it will be more substantive than the
previous GAERC statement from November 2007, Plato said.

2. (SBU) HMG feels strongly that the ICI Secretariat needs
to be transformed into an effective body with full-time,
trained personnel, and will press the Iraqi government to
fund a permanent office and staff, Ayres and Plato said. The
lack of such an organization means that many ICI goals and
objectives tend to lie dormant between international
meetings, Ayres said. He noted that the UK Department for
International Development (DFID) had dispatched trainers to
Iraq to train staff after the Sharm El Sheikh meeting, but
that the trainers had returned home when it became clear
there would be no staff to train.

3. (SBU) The UK is concerned about the World Bank presence
in Iraq and would be happy to assist the U.S. in talking to
the World Bank about increasing its mission, if desirable,
Ayres said. Ayres and Plato also agreed to follow up on U.S.
conversations by finding ways for UK officials to press
Poland and Greece on debt relief.
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