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Cablegate: Special Afghanistan Allowance Approved

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P 280009Z JUN 08
FM USMISSION USUN NEW YORK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4517
INFO RUCNAFG/AFGHANISTAN COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL PRIORITY 0223

UNCLAS USUN NEW YORK 000572

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FOR S. BEECROFT WITH SECSTATE'S PARTY,SCA/AS - R. BOUCHER

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TAGS: PREL AORC PGOV UNGA UNSC AF
SUBJECT: SPECIAL AFGHANISTAN ALLOWANCE APPROVED

1. THE UN ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATIVE AND BUDGETARY
MATTERS (ACABQ) TODAY APPROVED THE SECRETARY-GENERAL'S (SYG)
REQUEST FOR A SPECIAL ALLOWANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL STAFF
SERVING IN THE UN ASSISTANCE MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN (UNAMA).
THIS WAS THE SYG'S SECOND REQUEST FOR A SPECIAL UNAMA
ALLOWANCE, THE FIRST HAVING BEEN DENIED IN DECEMBER, 2007.
THE SPECIAL ALLOWANCE REQUEST WAS MADE TO ADDRESS SIGNIFICANT
ONGOING PROBLEMS WITH RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF QUALIFIED
INTERNATIONAL STAFF IN AFGHANISTAN.

2. THE SPECIAL ALLOWANCE WAS APPROVED FOR THE PERIOD JULY 1,
2008 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2009,

3. COMMENT: THE ACABQ REACHED CONSENSUS APPROVAL OF THE
SYG'S REQUEST AFTER EFFORTS TO DEMARCHE MEMBER STATES WITH
EXPERTS ON THE COMMITTEE IN SUPPORT OF THE SPECIAL UNAMA
ALLOWANCE. THE COMMITTEE ALSO EXPRESSED AN EXPECTATION THAT
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WILL TAKE ACTION ON HARMONIZING
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE THROUGHOUT THE UN SECRETARIAT. GETTING
THE UNAMA SPECIAL ALLOWANCE THROUGH THE ACABQ PROVED MORE
DIFFICULT THAN WE ANTICIPATED AND THE COMMITTEE CHAIR SUSAN
MCLURG WAS UNSURE TO WHAT EXTENT THE DEMARCHE EFFORT MAY HAVE
INFLUENCED THE COMMITTEE'S ACTION. END COMMENT.

Khalilzad

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