157407 6/9/2008 22:59 08STATE62029 Secretary of State CONFIDENTIAL 08USUNNEWYORK438 VZCZCXRO4865 OO RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHKUK RUEHTRO DE RUEHC #2029 1612308 ZNY CCCCC ZZH O 092259Z JUN 08 FM SECSTATE WASHDC TO RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD IMMEDIATE 8707 INFO IRAQ COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE UN SECURITY COUNCIL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE RUEHBM/AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST IMMEDIATE 9233 RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL IMMEDIATE 7728 RUEHSI/AMEMBASSY TBILISI IMMEDIATE 7830 RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE 2088 RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO IMMEDIATE 5245 RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS IMMEDIATE C O N F I D E N T I A L STATE 062029
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/05/2013 TAGS: PREL, PGOV, UNSC, IZ SUBJECT: DEMARCHE REQUEST: ENGAGE GOI ON POST-MNF-I SECURITY ARRANGMENTS FOR UNAMI
REF: USUN 000438
Classified By: NEA DAS Lawrence Butler for Reasons 1.4 (a), (b), and (d).
1. (U) This is an action request. Please see paragraph 3.
2. (C/REL MCF-I, UN, IZ) UNSCR 1546 (2004), which set out the mandate for Multi-National Force-Iraq, most recently renewed by UNSCR 1790 (2007), noted the decision to create a "distinct entity" under unified command of MNF-I, with a dedicated mission to provide security for the UN presence in Iraq. This was described in the letter from Secretary Powell, annexed to UNSCR 1546, and in a December 8, 2005 Agreement between the U.S. and the UN concerning the establishment of security for UNAMI. As a practical matter, MNF-I forces that constitute this distinct entity currently provide middle and outer ring security, and during ground movements, commensurate convoy security, quick reaction force, and aero-medevac response for the UNAMI international staff. If the Chapter VII mandate of MNF-I expires on December 31, 2008, the mission of this distinct entity could expire as well.
3. (C/REL MCF-I, UN, IZ) Per reftel, Embassy Baghdad is requested to initiate discussions with MNF-I and UNAMI on follow-on security arrangements for UNAMI, and then approach jointly the GOI to solicit its views. Participation by Coalition partners is left to the discretion of the Embassy.
4. (C/REL AS, UK, CA) Post is requested to report on the discussions described in paragraph 3. IO/UNP POC Bridget Lines can be reached at LinesBM@state.sgov.gov or 202-647-7142. RICE