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Cablegate: Germany Skeptical On Coordination of Prt Civilian

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PRAGUE FOR ACTING DCM JOHN LAW
STATE FOR S/SRAP SENIOR ADVISOR DERECK HOGAN

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TAGS: PREL NATO GM AF
SUBJECT: GERMANY SKEPTICAL ON COORDINATION OF PRT CIVILIAN
ASSISTANCE

REF: STATE 3595

1. (SBU) Post delivered reftel points to MFA AF/PAK Task
Force Director Ruediger Koenig on January 15, strongly
encouraging Germany to send a senior official to participate
in a January 25 meeting with D/SRAP Jones and other Deputy
SRAPs before the start of Prague PRT Conference. Koenig
noted that Germany did not have a D/SRAP per se, but that he,
working directly under German SRAP Muetzelburg, effectively
filled that role. He indicated that because of the press of
work in advance of the January 28 London Conference, he would
unfortunately not be able to go to Prague. However, he noted
that he would have one of the German MFA officials attending
the conference, PRT Kunduz Civilian Leader Burkhard Ducoffre,
represent Germany at the D/SRAP meeting.

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2. (SBU) Koenig expressed some misgivings about trying to
coordinate PRT development and other civilian assistance. He
noted that in German PRTs, the civilian component was
distinct from the military component and did not fall under
the ISAF military chain of command. In identifying potential
development projects, the PRT itself played only a
"transmission" and "monitoring" role with regard to
development projects. All the decisions about what projects
to pursue and the funding for those projects came from either
the MFA or the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and
Development. German diplomats and aid workers already did
all the necessary coordination at the local and national
level to ensure that proposed projects were sustainable, had
local buy-in, and were carried out in accordance with the
Afghan National Development Strategy.

3. (SBU) Koenig therefore saw little need for further
"coordination" of the civilian work of PRTs -- especially by
NATO/ISAF. He wondered whether the U.S. itself really
supported the idea of having the NATO Senior Civilian
Representative (SCR), for example, tell U.S. PRT commanders
what projects they should or should not do with their
national CERP funds. Koenig thought a more useful role for a
strengthened NATO SCR would be to improve coordination with
UNAMA, the EU and other international organizations on what
assistance the ISAF HQ staff was providing to Afghan
authorities on anticorruption, governance, and other civilian
activities.
MURPHY

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