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Cablegate: Options for Facilitating a Korean Provincial

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OO RUEHDBU RUEHPW RUEHSL
DE RUEHBUL #3635 3152015
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
O 112015Z NOV 09
FM AMEMBASSY KABUL
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3038
INFO RUCNAFG/AFGHANISTAN COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL PRIORITY 0147
RUEHWL/AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON PRIORITY 0002
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO PRIORITY 3872

S E C R E T KABUL 003635

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR SRAP, SCA/FO, SCA/A, EUR/RPM
STATE PASS USAID FOR ASIA/SCAA
USFOR-A FOR POLAD

E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/11/2019
TAGS: KDEM MOPS PGOV PREL NZ KS AF
SUBJECT: OPTIONS FOR FACILITATING A KOREAN PROVINCIAL
RECONSTRUCTION TEAM IN AFGHANISTAN

REF: A. A)STATE 106840
B. B) SEOUL 1735
C. C) KABUL 3436
D. D) STATE 115253
E. E) SEOUL 1789

Classified By: Interagency Provincial Affairs Coordinator Scott F. Kiln
er for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

1. (U) This is a joint Embassy Kabul-ISAF message.
2. (S/REL ISAF) Summary: To facilitate the Republic of
Korea,s (ROK) efforts to follow through on its offer to
stand up a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in
Afghanistan, Embassy Kabul and the International Security
Assistance Force for Afghanistan (ISAF) will assist the ROK
survey team expected in Afghanistan November 12-17. We
intend to present the survey team with two options. If the
ROK is prepared to staff a PRT with an adequate level of its
own security forces, we will help the Koreans find a suitable
site in Parwan Province or in another province. If the
Koreans will not have adequate independent force protection
capability, we plan to recommend that they consider locating
additional development staff and medical personnel on Bagram
Air Field (BAF) with the clear understanding that U.S. Forces
would not be able to provide force protection outside the
base on a predictable or regular basis. End summary.
3. (S/REL ISAF) Septel reports our meetings with Korean
Ambassador Song Woong Yeob and DCM Park Young-kyu, and the
ROK,s focus on Parwan Province as the location for their
PRT. We will assist the Korean survey delegation, headed by
ROK SRAP and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Lee
Yong-joon, which plans to visit BAF and Parwan Province on
November 15-16. The Korean Embassy has arranged a meeting
for the party with Parwan Governor Abdul Basir Salangi. The
ROK delegation has also requested to visit Bamyan Province
and the New Zealand-run PRT there on November 16.
4. (S/REL ISAF) It will be very important for us to
coordinate ROK plans in Parwan Province, as there are already
steps underway to open a new U.S. PRT in Parwan in February
2010. This would be the first time that two nations have
independent PRTs in the same province, presenting unique )
but manageable ) challenges in coordinating our respective
dealings with the Parwan provincial governor and other
officials.
5. (S/REL ISAF) The strategic importance of BAF to the ISAF
mission in Afghanistan requires also that our security
concerns in surrounding Parwan Province be fully addressed.
If the Koreans are truly committed to establishing an
independent PRT that is self-sufficient, including an
adequate security force along with intelligence,
surveillance, and reconnaissance assets, we welcome the
opportunity to assist them in finding a suitable location in
Parwan Province, as that is where their strong interests seem
to lie. But we will also hold open the option of assisting
the Koreans to find a suitable location in another province,
should they be amenable to such a scenario.

6. (S/REL ISAF) If the Koreans for any reason cannot commit
to a truly self-sufficient PRT, as Foreign Minister Yu,s
November 6 letter to NATO SYG Rasmussen pledges they will
(Ref E), we would alternatively recommend they consider
locating on BAF itself, with the clear understanding that it
is unlikely that U.S. Forces would be able to provide robust
force protection outside the base on a predictable or regular
basis. We would, however, welcome and likely be able to
assist training and development activities highlighted in Ref
A, including police and vocational training; agricultural
projects; infrastructure projects, including road
construction; and expansion of the number of Korean doctors
and nurses at Korean hospital at BAF.
EIKENBERRY

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