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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ISTANBUL 000538

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TAGS: ECON ENRG IR IZ PGOV PREF PREL TU
SUBJECT: IRAN PRESSES FOR GREATER ENERGY COOPERATION WITH
IRAQ AT ISTANBUL MEETING

REF: A. 07 ISTANBUL 1015
B. 07 BAGHDAD 3817
C. BAGHDAD 94
D. ANKARA 1754

ISTANBUL 00000538 001.2 OF 002


1. (SBU) Summary. At an Iraq Neighbor's Process Energy
Working Group (WG) meeting in Istanbul on October 11, Iranian
Secretary of the Iran-Iraq Economic Development Headquarters
Hassan Danaeifard said that Iran is eager to help Iraq
"overcome its current obstacles." (Non-Iranian issues
discussed at the WG reported septel.) Danaeifard told the WG
representatives Iran has contributed greatly to Iraq's
reconstruction and plans to continue assistance through the
international "Said Sharm al-Shaikh" process. Danaeifard
said Iran plans to provide up to 1320 Megawatts of
electricity to Iraq, and detailed Iran's provision in 2007 of
243,028 tons of fuel oil, 256,565 tons of kerosene, and 4,206
tons of tar. He also mentioned medical and other assistance
Iran is provided to Iraqi refugees. End summary.

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Iranian Energy Exports to Iraq
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2. (SBU) Danaeifard detailed Iran's current and future energy
assistance toward Iraq, which will include up to 1,320
Megawatts (MW) of electrical generation. Currently, 550 MW
of electricity is being sent via tie-line from four locations
in Iran: 1) Shalamche-Basra (300 Mw), 2)Sar pole zahab
Khaneqeyn (200 Mw), 3) Piranshahr region (10 Mw), and the 4)
Panjwein region (40 Mw). Three additional routes are being
developed, from 1) Kermanshah-Dyaleh (400 Mw), 2) Paveh-Seyed
Sadeq (150 Mw), and 3) Mahabad-Soran (100 Mw).

3. (SBU) Danaeifard said Iran also provided Iraq with vast
amounts of refined petroleum products. According to his
statistics, Iran exported 243,028 tons of fuel oil, 256,565
tons of kerosene, and 4,206 tons of tar to Iraq in 2007
through the Khosravi, Mehran, and Pavizkhan border crossings.
Surprisingly, Daneifard offered no update on the status of
Iran's proposal to build a pipeline from Basra to Iran's
Abadan refinery. Falah Al-Amiri, the Iraqi Director General
of SOMO appreciated these fuel shipments to Iraq; however he
said Iran needs to increase these exports. Iran has only
provided half of its contractual amounts of kerosene (ref B),
and Al-Amiri "urged" Iran to fulfill its obligation.

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Other Iranian Assistance to Iraq
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4. (SBU) Iran has also committed 1 billion USD in loans to
Iraq with minimum interest rates to develop Iraq's
infrastructure, according to Danaeifard (ref C). In addition
Danaeifard said Iran has already built medical clinics in
Baghdad, Najaf, and Sadr City, and is nearly half way through
building a hospital in Najaf. Furthermore, he said Iraq and
Iran signed an agreement for Iran to build 22 schools in
Iraq, and the Khoramshahr - Shalamche rail project is
expected to open by the end of 2008. Danaeifard boasted Iran
provided over 8,000 truckloads of humanitarian donations to
Iraq over the last four years. This could increase to 2,500
trucks a day if Iraq opens its border and relaxes customs and
visa requirements, according to Danaeifard.

5. (SBU) Danaeifard claimed 62,590 Iraqis -- over 30,000 from
Baghdad alone -- entered Iran as refugees since 2004 due to
poor security conditions in Iraq, and, "due to security
issues and reasons at home," they do not intend to return to
Iraq. Danaeifard, also said 9,600 Iraqis came to Iran
seeking serious long-term medical attention for conditions
such as for cardio-vascular or respiratory problems. Iran
also cares for 13,500 Iraqis injured by violence, according
to Danaeifard.

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Demining
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ISTANBUL 00000538 002.3 OF 002

6. (SBU) Danaeifard called on Iraq to demine the Shalamche
region, especially a 25 km long border area near the border
town of Shalamche in Iran's south-western Khuzestan province
that extends 200 meters into Iraq. (Comment: Shalamche's
minefields remain a dangerous legacy of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq
war, and still cause occasional mine-related injuries and
deaths, according to Iranian press reporting. The region is
also near a number of Iran's oilfields. End Comment.)
Danaeifard stated Iran is ready to provide assistance to
demine the remaining minefields in that area of Iraq.

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Comment
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7. (SBU) Daneifard clearly intended for his presentation to
underscore Iran's recurring claim that it, among Iraq's
neighbors, is taking the most significant steps to help
provide needed energy supplies, and other humanitarian goods
and services, to Iraq. "Iran seeks to solve the obstacles
Iraq is facing. We have undertaken these significant
measures to help our brothers." The Iraqi delegation replied
that "Brothers need to fulfill their obligations" casting
some skepticism on Daneifard's remarks.
WIENER

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