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Cablegate: Establishing Senior Civilian Representatives in The

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RR RUEHDBU RUEHPW RUEHSL
DE RUEHBUL #3666 3180342
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 140342Z NOV 09
FM AMEMBASSY KABUL
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3178
INFO RUCNAFG/AFGHANISTAN COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS KABUL 003666

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

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV AF APER
SUBJECT: ESTABLISHING SENIOR CIVILIAN REPRESENTATIVES IN THE
REGIONAL COMMANDS NORTH AND WEST

REF: (A) KABUL 2102; (B) KABUL 2687

1. SUMMARY: Ref (A) announced the creation of the Senior
Civilian Representative (SCR) positions in Regional Command
East (RC-E) and Regional Command-South (RC-S), as well as a
new structured civilian presence throughout Afghanistan, to
achieve USG and coalition civ-mil unity of effort. Ref (A)
also noted that upon the establishment of consulates in Herat
and Mazar-e Sharif, the Mission would likely dual-hat the
Principal Officers (POs) in Herat and Mazar as SCRs for RC-W
and RC-N. In anticipation of the stand-up of U.S. Consulates
in Herat and Mazar in 2010, Embassy Kabul has now established
dual-hatted SCR/PO positions in both cities. END SUMMARY.

2. As envisioned in Ref (A), Embassy Kabul has established
Senior Civilian Representative positions in Herat and Mazar,
in order to strengthen coordination and unity of effort among
all U.S. agencies within their respective AORs. The SCRs will
be double-hatted as Principal Officers (POs). Post expects to
open consulates in both cities in 2010, following conclusion
of lease negotiations and renovations.

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CHANGES FOR HERAT
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3. PO-Herat will have SCR responsibilities (Ref A) for all
provinces in RC-W, including Herat, Badghis, Ghor, and Farah.
Farah, currently part of the RC-S civilian area of
responsibility (Ref B), will be shifted back to RC-W, in order
to ensure unity of effort between the SCR and military
commander of RC-W. PO-HeratQs consular district, or AOR for
political, economic, commercial, emergency American Citizen
Services (ACS) and other consulate functions, will include all
of RC-W.

4. Once the consulate is established in Herat, the State
Department rep at the Herat PRT will move to the Consulate. He
and other staff at the Consulate will assume responsibilities
currently performed by the State Department rep at the Herat
PRT. Current staffing plans for the Consulate include the
Principal Officer, two Pol/Econ officers, an RSO, two ARSOs,
one direct-hire security protective specialist, a PAS officer,
one Management officer, an Office Management Specialist, and
an Information Program Officer (IPO). Staffing by USAID
personnel, including the current USAID rep assigned to the
PRT, is still under review.

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CHANGES FOR MAZAR-E SHARIF
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5. The Principal Officer for Mazar-e Sharif, who will also
serve as SCR-N, will be responsible for all nine provinces in
RC-N: Faryab, Sar-e-Pol, Jowzjan, Balkh, Samangan, Baghlan,
Kunduz, Takhar, and Badakhshan. PO Mazar-e SharifQs AOR for
political, economic, commercial, emergency ACS and other
consulate functions will include all of RC-N. Like RC-W, RC-N
will shift its personnel from the PRT (Mazar-e Sharif) to the
consulate. Consulate personnel will include one, possibly
two, Pol/Econ officers, an ARSO, a PAS officer, one Management
officer and an IPO.

6. The Germans (who command RC-N in Mazar) and the Swedes
(who run PRT Mazar) have both asked that the USG maintain a
presence at their respective posts. To that end, USAID
anticipates that a development advisor would remain at
GermanyQs RC-N, and a Field Program Officer would remain at
the Swedish PRT. At the Consulate, USAID hopes to establish
the position of Senior Development Advisor. USDA does not yet
have an officer in Mazar-e Sharif.

7. The PO/SCRs in both Herat and Mazar-e Sharif will report
to the Ambassador through the Coordinator for Interagency
Provincial Affairs. The PO/SCRs will select the lead
civilians at each PRT and other integrated command teams in
their respective AORs, and establish appropriate rating and
reviewing relationships.

EIKENBERRY

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