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Identifier
Created
Classification
Origin
06ADDISABABA2303
2006-08-18 09:41:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Addis Ababa
Cable title:  

DELIVERY OF DEMARCHE TO AFRICAN UNION CONCERNING

Tags:   AU  KPKO  PREL  SU 
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PP RUEHROV
DE RUEHDS #2303 2300941
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 180941Z AUG 06
FM AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2150
INFO RUCNFUR/DARFUR COLLECTIVE
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 0418
RUEHDR/AMEMBASSY DAR ES SALAAM 5545
RUEHKH/AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM 0917
RUEHKI/AMEMBASSY KINSHASA 0383
RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 0379
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 6984
						C O N F I D E N T I A L ADDIS ABABA 002303 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR AF/RSA

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/16/2016
TAGS: AU KPKO PREL SU
SUBJECT: DELIVERY OF DEMARCHE TO AFRICAN UNION CONCERNING
CHINA AND RUSSIA ON DARFUR RESOLUTION

REF: SECSTATE 131646

Classified By: CHARGE D'AFFAIRES JANET WILGUS. REASON: 1.4(B) (D)

1.(C) On 15 August 2006, POLOFF Jessica Gaylor and US Peace
and Security Advisor (PSA) Keith Lynch delivered reftel
demarche to African Union (AU) Conflict Management Division
Director, El-Ghassim Wane, in the absence of the Peace and
Security Commissioner, Ambassador Djinnit. Mr. Wane agreed
to convey the message to Ambassador Djinnit and others at the
AU who might influence the Chinese and Russians at the United
Nations (UN).

2.(C) Wane asked how the UN and AU would complete transition
by October 1, POLOFF and PSA noted that the early adoption of
the resolution was important, so the transition could begin
as soon as possible. POLOFF and PSA stated that it was most
important to gain Sudanese acceptance of a UN mission with a
start date of 1 October. Wane asked about continued USG
support for AMIS during a transitional period. The PSA
replied that the USG is committed to supporting AMIS as the
transition is planned and takes place.

3.(C) Wane then asked how the U.S. and UN planned to persuade
Sudan to agree to the transition from AMIS to the UN. POLOFF
and PSA reiterated USG's desire to have African leaders of
the AU member states approach Chinese and Russian UN
representatives to solicit support for a UN transition.
Chinese and Russian abstention in a UNSCR vote would not be
enough; the USG sought their cooperation in persuading the
Sudanese Government outside of the UNSC and before a UNSCR
vote. Asked why the U.S. did not approach China and Russia
directly, POLOFF and PSA told Wane that the USG needed the
AU, through the leadership of its member states, to convince
the Chinese and Russians that regional leaders desired the
transition from AMIS to UN mission as well as the AU. PSA
added that it would be important for African leaders to use
their relationships with the Chinese and Russians as leverage
to obtain their concurrence.

4.(C) At the conclusion of the meeting, Wane stated that the
AU definitely supported the transition to UN forces in Sudan,
noting that the AU lacked resources to continue the mission
and that attention was diverted from other important issues
in order to focus on AMIS. Mr. Wane agreed to pass the
demarche information to Ambassador Djinnit and others, in
order to engage China and Russia to act in a constructive
manner regarding the transition from AMIS to UN forces.
WILGUS