Cablegate: Iraqi Police Training - Poles Seek More Money,
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UNCLAS AMMAN 009678
STATE FOR INL, EUR AND NEA
BAGHDAD ALSO FOR CPATT
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL ASEC MOPS PL IZ JO
SUBJECT: IRAQI POLICE TRAINING - POLES SEEK MORE MONEY,
OTHERS MAY TOO
REF: EMAIL CHARLES-TODD-FRIEBEL 11/28/04
1. (U) Action requested: See para 5.
2. (U) Polish General Eugeniusz Szczerbak, First Deputy
Commander in Chief of the Polish Police, toured State/INL,s
Jordanian-Iraqi Police Training Center (JIPTC) outside Amman
November 28. Ten excellent Polish police officers are
currently serving at JIPTC alongside 241 other international
and 67 Jordanian police trainers, contributing to a program
that is a key component of coalition efforts to rebuild Iraq.
JIPTC has trained 8,296 Iraqi police recruits to date, and
graduates approximately 1,500 more every four weeks.
3. (SBU) General Szczerbak explained to JIPTC director Kathy
Friebel that the EU is changing its approach to international
peacekeeping by combining EU members' resources, and that the
EU had asked Poland to contribute 100 trainers to a European
peacekeeping corps. As a consequence, the General said,
Poland would ask the U.S. to pay half the cost of keeping the
ten trainers in Jordan. He stated that the current cost to
Poland for the ten officers is USD 100,000 per month for
salary and "equipment." The General asked for a U.S. reply
by December 10, in order to prepare for a budget discussion
December 22 in the Sejm.
4. (SBU) Comment and action requested: All the trainers,
equipment, lodging, meals and transportation are already
covered by the USG. We do not know what the GOP,s payroll
for these ten officers is, but we suspect INL will find an
additional USD 50,000 monthly outlay unsupportable,
especially since any increase in payments to the Poles will
likely prompt similar requests from the other international
5. (SBU) Post asks that Department consider seeking
clarification of General Szczerbak,s request, while noting
JIPTC,s importance to the Iraq effort and our hope that
Poland continues its valuable contribution under the terms
6. (U) Baghdad minimize considered.