wikileaks ico  Home papers ico  Cables mirror and Afghan War Diary privacy policy Privacy
Identifier
Created
Classification
Origin
01ABUJA2172
2001-08-30 14:48:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Abuja
Cable title:  

NIGERIA: UNAMSIL MANDATE RENEWAL

Tags:   KPKO  MARR  PREL  NI 
pdf how-to read a cable
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.
						C O N F I D E N T I A L ABUJA 002172 

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/27/2011
TAGS: KPKO MARR PREL NI
SUBJECT: NIGERIA: UNAMSIL MANDATE RENEWAL

REF: STATE 147877


Classified by Ambassador Howard F. Jeter; Reasons 1.5 (b) and
(d).




1. (C) PolMilOff spoke with Director of American and
Caribbean Affairs (and former Deputy Director of West African
Affairs) Basil Ukpong of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on
August 27. After a friendly exchange of compliments on the
efforts of both the U.S. and Nigeria to bring peace to Sierra
Leone, Ukpong stated that U.S. support had turned UNAMSIL
around, as was clear from recent progress towards peace and
disarmament. PolMilOff asked if Nigeria would support the
UNAMSIL mandate renewal. Ukpong laughed, and said, "Of
course."


2. (C) During an August 28 meeting focused otherwise on
Zimbabwe (septel), DCM asked MFA Director for African Affairs
Ambassador Femi George if Nigeria would support UNAMSIL
renewal. George laughed and said, "That's a foregone
conclusion. Why are you troubling yourself to ask?"




3. (C) Turning serious, George commented that Nigeria was
concerned that the Special Court should adopt proper
procedures and attitudes. Otherwise, the current level of
cooperation the RUF was offering might be lost, with serious
consequences for the UN Mission. It was perfectly alright,
he opined, to proceed quickly against the people "everybody
knew" were responsible for atrocities. However, the "other
pillar, the Truth and Reconciliation Committee," needed time
to "do its work and bring out the facts and revelations"
before certain others could be brought before the court.
This might take time, George continued, and the international
community needed to show the proper measure of patience.
Nigeria was planning to second officers to the Court and to
provide approximately $100,000 in funding, George added,
noting that final arrangements for this assistance were not
yet in place.
Jeter