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Cablegate: Undp Country Director Named for Iraq

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS BAGHDAD 002372

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

STATE PASS USAID

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON EAID IZ UN
SUBJECT: UNDP COUNTRY DIRECTOR NAMED FOR IRAQ


This cable is sensitive but unclassified. For government
use only. Not for internet distribution.

1. (SBU) In a meeting with donor representatives on May
31, UN Deputy Special Representative for Iraq Staffan di
Mistura announced that Paolo Lembo was being promoted to
the job of Iraq Country Director for the UN Development
Program (UNDP), from his current position as Humanitarian
Coordinator. Di Mistura said this move was important
above all as a signal of the UN's deepening commitment to
its in-country operations in Iraq. Lembo's portfolio
will not change, but he will soon be joined by a Deputy
Humanitarian Coordinator. Di Mistura said that one of
Lembo's first priorities would be working with the EU on
helping the Iraqis with constitution writing.

2. (SBU) COMMENT: This continues the UN's efforts since
January to strengthen its presence in Iraq. Lembo has
been a helpful and positive contact as Humanitarian
Coordinator, and we anticipate this will continue in his
new job. End comment. Satterfield

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