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Cablegate: Civilian Invitation to Centcom Conference On Iraq

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UNCLAS STATE 155973

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MARR MOPS PREL IZ
SUBJECT: CIVILIAN INVITATION TO CENTCOM CONFERENCE ON IRAQ

1. This is an action request. See para. 7.

2. SUMMARY. An Iraq Coalition Conference will be held in
Warsaw, Poland 3-5 October, 2006, sponsored by CDRUSCENTCOM.
Invitees include military representatives (all addressee
posts already invited by CENTCOM) and civilian political
representatives from Coalition partners and prospective
partners. This cable solicits civilian political
participation as symbolic of a transition for Coalition
forces from boots on the ground to a supporting role for the
Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), with an increasing emphasis on
political and economic development. This conference
provides an opportunity for countries to engage with each
other on the nature and vision of the international
community's assistance to Iraq. Key conference speakers
will include Iraqi National Security Advisor Muwaffaq al-
Rubaie, GEN John Abizaid, CDRUSCENTCOM, GEN George Casey,
COMMNFI, State Department Senior Coordinator for Iraq
Ambassador David Satterfield, and the Secretary of Defense's
Special Counselor for Coalition Affairs, Ms. Debra Cagan.
Embassies are requested to extend invitations to appropriate
civilian representatives, noting when appropriate Amb.
Satterfield's desire for bilateral and trilateral
(w/Government of Iraq) consultations with specific key
countries: El Salvador, Mongolia, Poland, Slovakia, South
Korea, Turkey, and the UK. END SUMMARY

3. The United States Central Command has announced it will
host a Coalition Conference in support of the Multi-National
Forces-Iraq (MNF-I) in Warsaw, Poland on 3-5 October, 2006.
The conference theme is Ma'an ila Al-Aman (Together
Forward). The conference purpose is to inform Coalition
partners on the progress being made by the Iraqi Government
and Security Forces, to review the updated Campaign Plan,
requiring change in the nature of coalition partner
missions, and to ensure that coalition partners understand
the overall plan for the next 12 to 18 months.

4. While the focus of the conference will be Coalition
contributions to Iraq's security and stability, the close
relationship between the security environment and Iraq's
political and economic development suggest coordination at
the both the Mil-Mil and Pol-Mil levels will provide the
best opportunity for Coalition success. Key conference
speakers will include Government of Iraq National Security
Advisor Muwaffaq al-Rubaie, General John Abizaid, Commander
USCENTCOM, General George Casey, Commmander, MNF-I, State
Department Senior Coordinator for Iraq Ambassador David
Satterfield, and the Secretary of Defense's Special
Counselor for Coalition Affairs. This invitation seeks a
single civilian participant, well versed on Iraq issues and
of commensurate stature with the nation's military attendee.
Simultaneous conference invitations have been extended to
Coalition Flag/general officers at the two and three star
level through military channels. While many addressee
countries have no current involvement in Iraq, CENTCOM wants
to make the conference as inclusive as possible and approach
potential capability contributors.

5. RSVPs and registration information should be submitted
via nation's military Senior National Representative (SNR)
at CENTCOM's Coalition Village in Tampa, FL. In the case of
no CENTCOM SNR, Embassy staff can contact the CENTCOM POC
(para. 8) or directly register participants by accessings
CENTCOM's SIPRNet website:
http://hqsweb03.centcom.smil.mil/CCJ5/J5CCC/M NFI Conference/
index.asp. Required registration information includes name,
title, contact information, security clearance data and
travel details. Conference details, including a tentative
conference agenda and hotel information can also be found at
the website.

6. For reference, the following is the text of the
invitation already sent to military representatives:

Dear General X,

United States Central Command is pleased to announce it will
host a Coalition Conference in support of Muli-National
Forces-Iraq in Warsaw, Poland on 3-5 October, 2006. We
request that a military representative from Poland at the
general officer level attend this important and historic
conference. Separately, the United States State Department
will be contacting your government to ask a civilian
political representative also be named.

We hope both a military and civilian political
representative from your country will be able to join us for
this vital gathering. I believe you will find the time with
the United States Central Command and Multi-National Forces-
Iraq Coalition team well spent.

The two-day conference will be held in Warsaw, Poland,
with approximately 150 attendees. Participants will include
Two and Three Star Flag/General Officers and equivalent
civilian-level political representatives of current and
prospective Iraq coalition members, as well as,
distinguished US and Iraq Government officials. The
conference's purpose is to inform coalition partners on the
progress being made by the Iraqi Government and Security
Forces, to review the updated Campaign Plan requiring change
in the nature of coalition partner missions, and to ensure
that coalition partners understand the plan for the next 12
to 18 months.

Enclosed you will find some important conference
details. The United States Central Command staff and I look
forward to seeing and spending time with your
representative. My staff is prepared to assist you in any
way possible to make this a memorable and successful event.

Sincerely,


Encl JOHN P. ABIZAID
as General, USA

7. Action: request post deliver the following civilian
conference invitation to the appropriate host government
representative:

United States Central Command will host a Coalition
Conference in support of Muli-National Forces-Iraq in
Warsaw, Poland on 3-5 October, 2006. Indicative of the
wider international engagement beyond security and stability
necessary to assist Iraq in its political, economic and
security development, the Department of State would like to
invite one civilian representative as well from your
country. We request that a representative of senior rank
(Ambassadorial or Political Director or other commensurate
representative) well versed in Iraq issues attend.

The purpose of this two-day conference is to inform
international partners of the progress being made by the
Iraqi Government and its Security Forces; I intend to join
my military colleagues in sharing with you a vision for Iraq
over the next 12 to 18 months in its political, economic,
and security development.

I encourage a representative to attend what I believe
will be an important and unifying event. Over 150
participants are expected to attend, including Iraqis, as
well as participants of countries which are not yet involved
in the international effort to rebuild Iraq.

(LONDON, SEOUL, WARSAW --please insert the following
additional paragraph: The leadership of a Multi-National
Division is a vital function for MNF-I. In particular I
would like to have a separate meeting with your
representative to discuss how we can together take advantage
of your leadership to most effectively help Iraq transition
to security self-reliance.)

(BRATISLAVA, SAN SALVADOR, ULAANBAATAR-please insert the
following additional paragraph: In particular I would like
to have a separate meeting with your representative to
discuss how we can together take advantage of your unique
contribution to most effectively help Iraq transition to
security self-reliance.)

(ANKARA-please insert the following additional paragraph: In
particular I would like to have a separate bilateral meeting
with your representative to discuss several regional
issues.)

Please coordinate with your military representative to
submit your registration information (personal contact and
travel details). Of course you may consult our Embassy
staff on any problems you encounter. I look forward to
seeing you and working with your country to help build Iraq
a better future.

Sincerely,


David M. Satterfield
Senior Coordinator for Iraq
U.S. Department of State


8. CENTCOM point of contact for the conference:

James L. Watson, LtCol., USMC
U.S. Central Command Coalition Coordination Center
Director's Action Team
* (813) 827-2970 DSN 651-1737
* watsonjl@centcom.mil
* watsonjl@centcom.smil.mil
* unclass fax (813) 827-1122 DSN 651-1122
* class fax (813) 827-1094 DSN 651-1094

State Dept point of contact for the conference:
Peter Evans
Iraq Political-Military Affairs
Tel. 202-647-7642
Unclass fax: 202-736-4464

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