Cablegate: Iraqi Reconstruction: Canadian Personnel For
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UNCLAS OTTAWA 002198
STATE FOR PM, INL, EB, NEA AND WHA/CAN
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL EAID KCRM KJUS IZ CA
SUBJECT: IRAQI RECONSTRUCTION: CANADIAN PERSONNEL FOR
THIS IS AN ACTION REQUEST - SEE PARA 3.
1. (SBU) Canada has committed to providing US$215 million in
humanitarian and reconstruction assistance for post-conflict
Iraq, with emphasis on access to basic services (water,
sanitation, health care); building democratic institutions;
reforming judicial, police and correctional services;
strengthening civil society; and promoting human rights. As
part of this effort, the GoC is trying to deploy two
officials to Baghdad who would serve as a national liaison to
the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and as police
advisor to the CPA, respectively.
2. (SBU) Ann Flanagan, Deputy Director of Foreign Affairs'
Middle East Division, has requested our assistance in getting
CPA approval for these Canadian officers. The GoC has
proposed that FSO Ben Rowswell be attached to the CPA as
Canadian national liaison, and that RCMP officer David Beer
be deployed as police advisor to the CPA. Beer was part of
the multinational police assessment team that visited Iraq
for 4 weeks in June, during which time he served for 3 weeks
as principal advisor to the Chief of Police for Baghdad West.
Both Rowswell and Beer are available to deploy immediately,
and they have already been proposed by the Canadian Embassy
3. (SBU) ACTION REQUEST: Please advise ASAP on the Canadians'
proposals to deploy Rowswell and Beer to the CPA. Having
these two individuals in place will help bolster policing
efforts and speed the delivery of Canadian assistance,
especially given the absence of a Canadian Embassy in Baghdad.