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E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/12/2012 TAGS: PREL, PARM, MARR, EFIN, UNSC, FR, IZ SUBJECT: FRENCH AGREE TO DRAFT MNF-I UNSCR TEXT WITH MINOR CHANGES
REF: STATE 165490
Classified By: Political Minister Counselor Josiah Rosenblatt for reaso ns 1.4. (b), (d).
1. (C) We conveyed to the French MFA, per reftel, key points along with the texts of the draft UNSR on MNF-I renewal and draft U.S. and Iraqi letters to the UNSC on December 11. On December 12, we followed up, accompanied by UK emboff with instructions to present a joint demarche with us on the same subject, with French MFA IO desk officer for Middle East issues Salina Grenet. She indicated that the timing of our demarche was perfect inasmuch as the MFA was finalizing instructions to the French mission in New York regarding consultations on the draft. (Note: French interest in this subject dates back several days, when one of Grenet,s colleagues phoned to ask the status of our preparations for the MNF-I renewal. End note)
2. (C) Grenet indicated no overall problems with the draft or with MNF-I renewal, and the GOF would support moving ahead with the resolution. The Iraqi letter, in the GOF,s view, dealt with the larger issue of an eventual end to the invocation of Chapter VII as justification for MNF-I,s continued presence. The letter thus should obviate the need for such mention in the resolution. She offered three suggestions, however, that France will repeat in experts, consultations in New York:
--PP 6 (on the principle of non-intervention): Eliminate the paragraph entirely or move it to PP 9. This had apparently, according to Grenet, come up in previous experts, discussions, and it was clear that the U.S. and UK meant non-intervention by Iraq,s neighbors. Since this was the case, it was better to move this point to PP 10, where the issue of intervention by Iraq,s neighbors is addressed. Otherwise, there might be questions about the role of U.S. and other MNF-I forces in terms of constituting intervention in Iraq,s internal affairs.
--PP 8 (noting &the progress of the Government of Iraq in pursuing an atmosphere in which sectarianism is totally rejected...8): Grenet asked that this assertion be softened to reflect the fact that not all governments share this view on the degree of &progress8 achieved. She said that France accepts some measure of progress but cannot agree that it has been as significant or certain as suggested in the draft language.
--PP 15 (&Taking into consideration the progress of Iraq,s security forces in achieving the capability to provide security to the country and people of Iraq, as well as the successes and continuing progress of the Government of Iraq in achieving its political, economic, and security
program.8): As with PP 8, Grenet asked that we change this language to soften the assertions of &progress8 made by Iraq,s security forces as well as in terms of the GOI,s achievement of its political, economic, and security program.
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