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Cablegate: World Food Program Update On Opening New

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UNCLAS ROME 002746

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

FROM US MISSION TO THE UN AGENCIES IN ROME

STATE FOR A/S PRM DEWEY, MCKELVEY AND KNUDSON, NEA/ENA, A/S
IO HOLMES AND IO/EDA BEHREND AND KOTOK
USAID/W FOR ADMINISTRATOR NATSIOS, D/A SCHIECK, AA/DCHA
WINTER, AA/AFR ACTING, DCHA/D/FFP LANDIS, DCHA/OFDA OWENS
USMISSION GENEVA FOR AMBASSADOR MOLEY AND USAID/KYLOH
BRUSSELS FOR AFRICA WATCHERS AND USAID/LERNER
USUN FOR TAMLYN AND MLUTZ
NSC FOR JMELINE AND AFRICA DIRECTORATE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREF EAID ELTN LY CD SU WFP
SUBJECT: World Food Program Update on Opening New
Transportation Corridors through Libya for Darfur and
Eastern Chad

REF: (A) STATE 150719, (B) ROME 002371
Sensitive but unclassified. Please protect accordingly.

1. (SBU) As requested ref A, Mission spoke 07/12 with WFP
and conveyed information. WFP has not been considering the
shipment of commodities from Libya (Al Kufrah) by road
directly into northern Sudan down to Darfur because of
serious security constraints, which would require
substantive Sudanese military escorts for each shipment.
Only the Al Kufrah-eastern Chad corridor is presently
operative for commercial traffic and Libyan truckers are
both familiar and comfortable with using this latter route.
Note. Given the relative inaccessibility of large regions of
Darfur, and the rainy season which has now commenced, WFP is
considering possible use of Al Kufrah to conduct
humanitarian airdrops, assuming GOS agreement can be
obtained. End note.

2. (SBU) WFP informed that they have received a Swiss cash
donation which will permit them this week to finalize a
tender to purchase in Europe or Turkey and ship
approximately 450 metric tons of wheat, for delivery to
eastern Chad via Libya. The plan is to have a WFP team
arrive in Libya o/a July 27 to iron out the remaining
details related to use of Libyan ports and transport through
Libya (transport charges, fees, customs clearance, etc), and
sign necessary documentation/letter of understanding.
Assuming this is successfully and promptly concluded, the
WFP vessel would arrive at Benghazi port o/a August 5.
Several members of the WFP team would remain in-country to
monitor the trial shipment operation.

3. (SBU) At a WFP/Rome briefing on Darfur (07/13), the
Libyan Ambassador to Italy and the UN Agencies assured that
his government had come to agreement with WFP on all the
major logistical modalities of the use of the Libyan
corridor.

4. (U) Given that the WFP appeal for Darfur (EMOP 10339.0
"Food Assistance to Population affected by War in Greater
Darfur") is only 35 percent funded (with the United States
contributing U.S. $46.1 million of the $66.8 million
received by WFP to date), US Mission will host a meeting of
OECD Permanent Representatives on July 22.

5. (U) Khartoum minimize considered. Hall


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2004ROME02746 - Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

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