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Cablegate: Demarche Request to Move Engineers From Unmis To

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OO RUEHGI RUEHMA RUEHROV
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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O R 222155Z MAY 08
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO RUEHEG/AMEMBASSY CAIRO IMMEDIATE 6124
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD IMMEDIATE 3948
INFO DARFUR COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS STATE 055232

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL UNSC KPKO SU
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE REQUEST TO MOVE ENGINEERS FROM UNMIS TO
UNAMID FOR 90 DAYS

1. PURPOSE: This is an action request. The Department asks
Embassies Islamabad and Cairo to demarche host governments at
the highest appropriate level to support the United Nations'
request that an appropriate number of engineers currently
deployed by Pakistan and Egypt for the United Nations Mission
in Sudan (UNMIS) move to the hybrid United Nations-African
Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) for 90 days or longer, with
the understanding that the engineers will return to UNMIS
after this period. The purpose of the move is to provide
more engineers to build more infrastructure in UNAMID to
allow for faster absorption of additional troops into UNAMID.
Currently, insufficient UN infrastructure, accommodation,
and logistics is one of the largest impediments to UNAMID
deployment. This increase in engineering capacity is part of
the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations' enhanced
deployment plan to allow for 80 percent deployment of UNAMID
by the end of the year.

2. DEADLINE: We would appreciate a response from posts by
Wednesday 28 May 2008.

3. BACKGROUND: The Department wishes to assist the United
Nations as much as possible in the rapid deployment of
UNAMID, as it is one of the Department's highest priorities.
Successful deployment of UNAMID is a critical part of our
strategy for peace in Darfur, which also includes provision
of humanitarian aid, support for the UN-AU-led Darfur
political process and the immediate cessation of all
hostilities, including cross-border attacks between Sudan and
Chad. At the same time, we are pushing for the
implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between
north and south Sudan and for UNMIS's proactive support for
this implementation, particularly in the Abyei area. While
we wish to do all that is possible to push UNAMID's
deployment, we are mindful of the need to balance this
support with consideration of the needs of UNMIS.

4. POINT OF CONTACT: Grace M. Kang, IO/PSC 202-736-7735.
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