null Diana T Fritz 03/21/2007 12:11:24 PM From DB/Inbox: Search Results Cable Text: SECRET SIPDIS TELEGRAM July 29, 2003 To: No Action Addressee Action: Unknown From: AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 3510 - PRIORITY) TAGS: MARR, MASS, PREL Captions: None Subject: LIFT AND SUSTAIN OPERATIONS IN SUPPORT OF POLISH STABILIZATION FORCES IN IRAQ Ref: None _________________________________________________________________ S E C R E T ABU DHABI 03510 SIPDIS CXABU: ACTION: POL INFO: DCM ECON AMB USLO DAO P/M DISSEMINATION: POLM CHARGE: PROG APPROVED: AMB: MMWAHBA DRAFTED: ECON:OJOHN CLEARED: DCM:KVANDEVATE, USLO:RSIMM VZCZCADI682 PP RUEHC RUEHZM RUEKJCS RUCAACC RUEKJCS RHMFISS DE RUEHAD #3510 2100633 ZNY SSSSS ZZH P 290633Z JUL 03 FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1060 INFO RUEHZM/GCC COLLECTIVE PRIORITY RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC PRIORITY RUCAACC/USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY RHMFISS/HQ COALITION PROVISIONAL AUTH BAGHDAD PRIORITY
1. (U) Classified by Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba, for
reasons 1.5 (B) and (D).
2. (S) The Ambassador asked UAE Chief of Staff LT.
General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed (MBZ) whether the
UAE would be able to provide continued "lift" in
support of Iraqi stabilization efforts. MBZ said
that they could not commit, at this time, to
additional support beyond the current operation.
The Ambassador pointed out that, in six months,
forces would rotate out without equipment. He took
the information on board but did not commit the
UAEG to any further support, and told the
Ambassador they would discuss the matter again in
3. (S) Comment: The air and sealift support that
the UAEG provided to the Bulgarians took far more
resources from both the UAEG and the mission than
anyone originally anticipated. UAEG airlift and
sealift assets did not match our requirements for
the task. As a result, the UAEG needed to charter
at least 3 aircraft and one ship so far to meet its
commitments. We understand that it will need to
charter additional aircraft to lift the main body.
4. (S) Comment Continued: In addition, the
coordination effort needed between the USG, the
UAEG, and the third country was a major task for
our USLO office here. In fact, USLO sent one
officer to Bulgaria with the UAEG in order to
ensure everything went smoothly. It was a very
successful operation, but the financial and human
resources expended by all sides were considerable.