Cablegate: Dutch Contributions for Reconstruction of Iraqi

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E.O. 12958: N/A



1. Summary: The GoNL plans to provide USD 833,300 in
materiel to Iraqi police in the Al-Munthanna province in
Iraq. Dutch military police, as part of Dutch military
forces deployed in Al-Muthanna, are currently providing
one-week basic police skills training courses to local
police. The Dutch previously provided a list of experts to
the World Bank. However, the GoNL does not wish to be viewed
as an integral participant in the CPA, and hence will neither
provide civil servant experts nor funding for private Dutch
citizens to serve as advisors/trainers for the reconstruction
of the Iraqi police, justice and prison sectors. The Dutch
have no opposition to private citizens assisting the CPA.
End Summary.

2. The GoNL currently has approximately 1,100 servicemen
deployed in the southern Iraqi province of Al-Munthanna
conducting stabilization operations as part of the UK
division. In connection with this deployment, Dutch military
police (the Royal Marechaussee) are providing a one-week,
basic training course to local police in Al-Munthanna.
According to MOD sources, this training includes lectures on
the appropriate use of weapons, simple investigation and
report writing. In combination with the Dutch military
presence in Iraq, the Dutch CIMIC (Civilian-Military
Cooperation) team working in Iraq requested funding
(subsequently approved) for approximately USD 833,300 in
materiel for the Iraqi police force in Al-Muthanna. Funding
will be spent as follows:

Equipment # USD Est. Cost
----------- --- -------------

Communication system: TOTAL 501,550
-Complete Portable Radio 100 64,000
-Complete Mobile Radio 60 51,000
-UHF Control w/Tower 3 105,000
-Recorder Tape 3 5,400
-Exchange 48 line ( UPS,bat) 3 40,500
-Computer (pent. 4) printer 3 3,000
-Complete HF cellular system 10 115,000
-Telephone Unit 100 18,000
-Digital Telephone Unit 40 1,000
-Install and Maintenance (3 months) 100,000
-Mobile Telephone 24 12,000
-Air Conditioner 3 1,350
-Furniture 1,500

Police Uniforms 500 6,250
Desks 100 20,000
Desk Chairs 100 5,000
Computers 45,000
-Desktops (PC) 30
-Screens 30
-Keyboards 30
-Printers 10
Bullet-proof vests 100 80,000
Handcuffs 1,000 75,000
Maglites 200 37,000
Reflective vests 500 8,500
Vehicles 15 15,000
Weapons (Glock 17) 40,000
-Pistols 100
-Safety Holster 100

Total: 833,300

(Note: The GoNL is still in the process of determining how
best to purchase much of the above materiel. For example,
they have yet to decide if it would be better/easier to
purchase the weapons directly from the CPA, or locally here
in the Netherlands. End Note.)

3. The GoNL does not want to be viewed as a part of the CPA
("occupying power") in Iraq in order to maintain domestic
support for the current Dutch military deployment as well as
other funding to Iraq (ref b). Therefore, the GoNL will not
contribute any civil servants nor provide funding for private
citizens to assist in CPA-led training in the police, justice
and prison sectors. The Dutch previously provided a list of
experts to the World Bank upon request, and does not oppose
the use of Dutch experts by the World Bank as needed in Iraq.

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