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OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHC #4688 3390101
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 050100Z DEC 09
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE 8979
RUEHFN/AMEMBASSY FREETOWN PRIORITY 0938

UNCLAS STATE 124688

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KJUS KAWC UN SL NL
SUBJECT: SCSL FUNDRAISING

1. (U) This is an action request, see paragraph 2.

2. (SBU) ACTION REQUEST: Department requests that USUN send
letters of appeal for voluntary contributions to support
financially the Special Court for Sierra Leone to the
following Diplomatic Missions to the United Nations: Spain,
France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Norway, Japan,
Republic of Korea, and New Zealand. The Department will
undertake a parallel effort to reach out to these capitals
through official travel and phone calls to the target
countries by S/WCI Ambassador Stephen Rapp.

3. (U)Begin text

--Insert opening statement--

The Special Court for Sierra Leone has successfully
prosecuted and convicted the worst perpetrators of atrocities
and war crimes in that country,s tragic civil war. The
Special Court is currently in the middle of its most high
profile and final case, the trial of former Liberian
president Charles Taylor. The Special Court is scheduled to
complete its mandate by 2011. Holding accountable those who
bear the greatest responsibility for the atrocities in Sierra
Leone not only promotes stability in the region but also
signals a strong demonstration of the international
community,s commitment to seeking international criminal
justice.

The Special Court for Sierra Leone is funded through
voluntary contributions. The United States has contributed
nearly $70 million to the Special Court since it was
established in 2002. The United States expects to contribute
by August 2010 approximately $7.5 million to the Special
Court for its 2010 budget. However, the Special Court will
soon face a funding shortfall and is projected to run out of
funds in March of 2010. The international community cannot
allow the Special Court to fail at this critical juncture in
the Charles Taylor trial.

The United States appreciates and recognizes your
government,s efforts to promote our common interests in
pursuing international justice. Given our shared interest,
the United States requests your government show its continued
commitment to international justice by making a financial
contribution to the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

END ACTION REQUEST.
CLINTON

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