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04AMMAN9777
2004-12-09 14:58:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Amman
Cable title:  

POSSIBLE CONTINGENCY PLANNING TO SUPPORT A UN

Tags:   PREL  PHUM  KPKO  SU  JO  UN 
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L AMMAN 009777 

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/09/2014
TAGS: PREL PHUM KPKO SU JO UN
SUBJECT: POSSIBLE CONTINGENCY PLANNING TO SUPPORT A UN
MISSION IN DARFUR


Classified By: CDA Christopher Henzel for Reasons 1.4 (b), (d)



1. (C) A mid-level Jordanian military officer informed
USDAO Amman (septel) that the Jordanian military is
conducting contingency planning to deploy approximately 70
soldiers to serve as UN military observers in Darfur, Sudan
in January 2005 in the event the UNSC agrees to establish a
peace support operation in Darfur. The officer further
stated that two companies of de-mining engineers were
preparing for a possible deployment, as was a Jordanian field
hospital. We note that Jordanian military field hospitals
have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.



2. (C) On December 8, Auda Abu Tayeh of the Foreign
Minister's Private Office told PolOff that while it was
possible that the Jordanian Armed Forces were involved in
contingency planning related to Darfur, nothing had been
shared with the MFA on this and he did not believe the GOJ
was considering offering forces for a Darfur UN operation.



3. (C) Comment: It is possible that the GOJ is considering
such a step and that the MFA is out of the loop or not
authorized to brief us. Post will continue to take
soundings, and we hope for more information once GOJ
decision-makers start returning from the King's December 5-14
visits to the U.S., Japan and Singapore.
HENZEL