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Cablegate: Ireland to Consider Darfur Hybrid Operation

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SUBJECT: IRELAND TO CONSIDER DARFUR HYBRID OPERATION
CONTRIBUTION

REF: STATE 90022

1. (SBU) Ireland will discuss the possibility of
contributing personnel to the UN/AU Hybrid Operation for
Darfur at a July 19 inter-agency meeting involving the
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Department of
Defense, the Department of Justice, and the Irish Police,
according to Eamonn McKee, DFA Director for Conflict
Resolution, to whom Pol/Econ Chief delivered reftel demarche
on July 2. McKee committed to advise the Embassy on the
outcome of the meeting and on the possible need for follow-up
senior-level Washington interventions. He noted that Sudan
was a priority issue for Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern, who
visited Darfur and Khartoum in July 2006 and who has
regularly highlighted his concerns about the region in
official EU discussions.

2. (SBU) In terms of available personnel, McKee pointed out
that roughly 200 Irish troops had finished their mission in
UNMIL in Liberia in June, but would need time for retraining
and equipment upgrades. (Before the UNMIL mission ended,
there were more than 800 Irish troops overseas, close to the
policy target ceiling of 850 for foreign assignments.) He
added that a chief concern for the Irish Government in
considering participation in the Hybrid Operation would be
the stability of funding for AMIS, which is to provide
logistical support for the follow-on UN/AU force. (Comment:
Post is reasonably optimistic that Ireland will contribute
personnel to the Hybrid Operation; the issues will be the
amount of time needed to redeploy the former UNMIL troops and
coordination with Irish commitments to Kosovo and the EU
Battle Groups.)
FOLEY

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