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04AMMAN6211
2004-07-22 13:37:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Amman
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UNMIK: JORDAN AWAITS INVESTIGATION RESULTS,

Tags:   PREL  ASEC  CASC  PTER  KCRM  YI  KPKO  JO  UNMIK 
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L AMMAN 006211 

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/22/2014
TAGS: PREL ASEC CASC PTER KCRM YI KPKO JO UNMIK
SUBJECT: UNMIK: JORDAN AWAITS INVESTIGATION RESULTS,
PONDERS POLICE UNIT LEADERSHIP CHANGE

REF: USUN 1685

Classified By: CDA David Hale for reasons 1.5 (b) (d)



1. (C) Charge discussed the status of Jordanian police
units in Kosovo July 22 with Samir Rifai, Minister of the
Royal Court to King Abdullah. Charge expressed serious USG
concern over the apparent pattern of improper and violent
behavior of Jordanian police personnel in UNMIK. Even if the
UN report does not indicate sufficient evidence to support
criminal charges against any Jordanian police officers, the
conduct of the Jordanian officers has been below Jordan's
usual high standard, and is a serious problem that the GOJ
must address. He again asked that Jordan repatriate the
personnel.



2. (C) Rifai said that Jordan takes its role in
international peacekeeping and police operations very
seriously. Jordan understands that there have been
problems in Kosovo, but does not want to repatriate the
police forces before it sees the results of the UN's
investigation. The King, the government, and the Public
Security Directorate (PSD - national police) are seized with
the issue and will deal with it seriously and properly. King
Abdullah, Rifai commented, was upset by the latest incident
and, apart from the results of the investigation, is
replacing the police unit's leadership.



3. (C) COMMENT: The Jordanians do not yet appear prepared
to voluntarily repatriate their police forces from UNMIK
short of a serious indictment in the UN report. We will
continue to express our concerns to senior GOJ officials and
press for serious action to address the problems. Jordan's
UN PermRep, Prince Zeid, will remain in Amman through the
week of July 25 and Charge will reinforce U.S. concerns with
him directly.

Visit Embassy Amman's classified web site at

http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/nea/amman/

or access the site through the State Department's SIPRNET
home page.
HALE