ADDRESSING RESOURCE REQUESTS FROM THE UN DEPARTMENT OF PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS AND MINUSTAH FOR INITIATIVES IN HAITI

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10STATE12464 10 February 2010 Solo uso oficial United States Secretary of State in Washington

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, HA, SOCI, MCAP, MARR, SNAR, ASEC, EFIN, KJUS, KPKO,
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SUBJECT: ADDRESSING RESOURCE REQUESTS FROM THE UN
DEPARTMENT OF PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS AND MINUSTAH FOR
INITIATIVES IN HAITI

REF: STATE 7439

1. (SBU) This is an action request for USUN New York to
share the information in paragraphs four through six with the
UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). In addition
to sharing the U.S. Government responses to DPKO requests for
assistance, USUN is asked to confirm with DPKO that there are
no other outstanding specific requests of the USG from DPKO.
USUN should also inquire as to other resources DPKO intends
to request from the USG or UN member states either
immediately or while finalizing their long-term plans for
MINUSTAH or support of the HNP. The Department would also
like to know which requests from DPKO are being satisfied by
other UN Member States and thus, would not require U.S.
Government resources.

2. (SBU) Background: Since the 12 January earthquake in
Haiti, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations
(DPKO) has made numerous requests for resources from UN
Member States and the U.S. Government to support MINUSTAH and
the reconstitution of the Haitian National Police (HNP).
These requests have come in various forms, through both
formal and informal channels, and have originated both from
UN DPKO Headquarters in New York and MINUSTAH Headquarters in
Port-au-Prince. To ensure prompt, effective, and coordinated
responses to UN requests for assistance, the Department
consolidated these requests and has taken the following
action in order to address them (See paragraphs 4-5).

3. (SBU) Background continued: (Not for release to DPKO)
The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
(INL) has a certain amount of funds to meet immediate needs
pending an official Department decision. The Department is
working with the National Security Council to provide a
breakdown of how identified funding can be spent once we know
what other donors will be providing, and will have an answer
early the week of February 15. End Background.

4. (SBU) The Department has received a number of requests
from DPKO for resources to support the HNP and Rule of Law
initiatives. Below is a list of these requests and action
the USG is taking to fulfill them. USUN is requested to
inform DPKO of U.S. efforts to meet these requests and to ask
about the status and prioritization of each:

— Communications package for the HNP including 4,500 Motorola
handheld radios, 500 Motorola vehicle-mounted radios, 6
QANTAR Repeater programmable stations, 200 multi-charger
units: S/CRS and INL are discussing donations of this
communications equipment that the USG might be able to
provide. A USG communications expert has been in contact
with MINUSTAH to discuss modalities.

— Logistics package for the HNP including fuel, clothing and
equipment for HNP trainees, support and testing for 5,000
candidates for recruitment to the HNP, furniture and office
equipment for HNP HQ, computers and data communications,
megaphones, individual policing equipment, 3,000 camp beds,
600 tents, five feeding points, medical supplies for HNP
officers and families, funeral support for deceased HNP: INL
has derived 906 police pants, 370 pairs of socks, 358 pairs
of boots, 84 shirts, 5,240 flex cuffs, and 700 caps for the
HNP. INL has also purchased 5,000 meal kits for HNP for an
indefinite period. INL has also provided the lists of names
and skill sets of 15 U.S. police to DPKO. INL will procure
equipment for the HNP for immediate operational support and
to immediately help restart functioning police stations. INL
will also increase its contribution to MINUSTAH to assist
with technical advising either via the UN or on a bilateral
basis. INL is considering assisting with the restoration or
construction on a short term basis of facilities to allow the
quick functioning of HNP. USAID is budgeting for 140 small
and 10 large tents.

— 4,500 uniforms for HNP (two sets each, including boots and
cap): U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) has provided some
uniforms and is in the process of providing more. State INL
has received specifications from DPKO on additional uniforms
needed by the HNP and is in the process of providing them.

— HNP Headquarters and Commissariat logistics including
desktops, laptops, copiers, desks, armchairs, chairs, and
office supplies: USAID is budgeting for all of these
supplies to be sent to Haiti via the Dominican Republic.

— Communications package for the Ministry of Interior: S/CRS
and INL are discussing which equipment is best suited
to fulfill this request.

— Support for the immediate mobilization of the HNP including
medical centers, salaries, a new HQ building, uniforms,
firearms and ammunition, crowd control equipment, 100 jeeps,
100 4x4 vehicles, 25 trucks (25 tons), 10 water tanks: The
U.S. military has provided some uniforms and is in the
process of providing more. INL is discussing the provision
of crowd control equipment; however, State will not be able
to supply lethal or less-than-lethal supplies listed in this
request. USUN is requested to ask DPKO to inquire with Japan
about the provision of vehicles. The Government of Haiti
(GoH) has insisted on paying HNP salaries and issued checks
this past week.

— Immediate reactivation of detention facilities including
temporary prison facilities, repair of key facilities,
technical assistance to re-establish prisons, non-lethal
weapons, and lethal weapons: DPKO has also noted the urgent
need for barbed wire. We have sent Creole-speaking police
and corrections officers to Haiti that are assessing certain
facilities. INL is initiating procurement of food and water
for the corrections staff and the approximately 500 prisoners
still in custody. As more prisoners are detained, INL
intends to procure more food, water and supplies. INL has
deployed its correctional facilities advisor and a structural
engineer last week to conduct an assessment of the structures
and facility capacities for the immediate future. Once the
survey is complete, INL will be able to target its
acquisitions for renovations, equipment, bedding, furniture,
shelter, vehicles, fuel, water tanks, etc. INL is prepared to
deploy five additional corrections advisors, already notified
to UNDPKO and MINUSTAH. So far, two corrections officers
have been accepted by UNDPKO. INL expects the additional
three to be approved around February 8, 2010. INL is also
searching for additional advisors from several US
jurisdictions and is prepared to assist in the procurement of
uniforms, and correctional officer equipment, including duty
belts, boots, cuffs, flashlights, batteries, and leg
restraints for the 718 security staff. INL plans to include
a supply of radios for the DAP in its larger radio purchase
for the HNP.

— Two program officers familiar with the USG rule of law
system to work at UN-HQ in New York for three months: DPKO
has provided the terms of reference to the Department, which
is currently selecting the officers. USUN is requested to
keep this request close hold, as it was not meant for general
consumption.

— Support for the Haitian justice system including 10
pre-fabricated containers for court rooms, 100 computers,
20 printers with supplies, 20 electrical generators, 15
vehicles: USAID is budgeting for generators, fuel, and
computers. The Department has not yet been able to consider
the request for pre-fabricated containers and vehicles.

— Vehicles for the HNP including 4 Land Cruisers, 15 Prados,
180 Hilux twin cab, 200 Yamaha motor bikes, 400
Yamaha quad bikes: Other international donors should be
approached for this need. Due to legal restrictions on
procurement and shipping, "Buy America" and "U.S. Flag
Carriers," it would take time to receive the needed waivers
to allow procurement and shipment to happen. USUN is
requested to ask DPKO to inquire with Japan regarding the
provision of vehicles.

— Facilities for the HNP including a new HNP HQ, vehicle
workshop, replacement Commissariat at Delmas 33, and a fire
station for Petionville: INL would be pleased to construct a
new headquarters building for the HNP; however the U.S. has
reports that other donors have pledged assistance in this
area. If no donor is identified, INL would be able to meet
this need. INL had planned site and funding to create a fleet
maintenance garage for the HNP. If requested, INL can
continue with its plans in this area. INL was responsible for
the construction of the Commissariat at
Delmas 33 and would be pleased to provide this infrastructure
development as well. Regarding the fire station in
Petionville, INL has the ability to provide this assistance
but as a new requirement, an assessment would need to be
conducted before plans begin.

— Weapons and ammunition for the HNP: State is unable to
provide lethal or less-than-lethal equipment for the HNP.
Other donors will need to be identified for this requirement.

— Specialized training personnel including 5-6 experts on
narcotics, 4-5 experts on kidnapping, 1-2 experts on forensic
investigation, 3-5 maritime police specialists: Before the
earthquake, INL had seconded a drug specialist to the
MINUSTAH mission to work directly with the HNP on
counternarcotics. INL is currently recruiting additional
advisors to serve in specialized capacities within MINUSTAH
and will present candidates to DPKO for their consideration.
INL will not be able to provide phone tapping equipment to
assist with kidnapping crimes.

5. (SBU) In order to help facilitate the deployment of
additional troops and formed police units to MINUSTAH, the
State Department’s Bureau of Political Military Affairs (PM)
is working with the following countries to ensure their
contingents are ready for deployment to Haiti and can
function effectively on the ground.

— Dominican Republic: Infantry Company-150 troops.
UNDPKO/OMA has accepted their offer. The GoDR informed the
U.S. that that the GoDR troops do not need any additional
training or equipment however, the U.S. stands ready to
consider any training or equipment needs which may arise.
The Dominican Republic is a Global Peace Operations
Initiative (GPOI) partner and has received $4.3M for
peacekeeping capacity development since FY2008. It is also a
member of the Conference of Central American Armed Forces
(CFAC) multilateral PKO force, which GPOI also supports.

— Guatemala: 50 troops to augment MINUSTAH contingent.
UNDPKO/OMA is considering their offer and the Department is
seeking to learn of any training or equipment needs Guatemala
may have. The U.S. stands ready to consider any requests
from the Guatemalan contingent for training or equipment.
Guatemala is already in MINUSTAH and is a GPOI partner which
has received $4M for peacekeeping capacity development since
FY2006. It is also a member of CFAC which GPOI supports.
— Uruguay: Infantry Company-150 troops. UNDPKO/OMA is
considering their offer. We are seeking to learn and stand
ready to consider any official Uruguayan needs for training
or equipment. Uruguay has a contingent already in MINUSTAH
and has been a GPOI partner since FY 2008. Uruguay has
received about $2.2M in FY 2008 and FY 2009 funding for
peacekeeping capacity development. GPOI is also using
$2.299M in FY 2005 residual funds to provide replacement Jeep
J8 or similar troop transport vehicles to replace the aging
Soviet vehicles currently in use in MINUSTAH.

— Peru: Infantry Company-150 troops. UNDPKO/OMA is
considering their offer. The U.S. is seeking to learn and
stands ready to consider any requests to augment Peruvian
training or equipment needs; Peru is a contingent already in
MINUSTAH and a GPOI partner which has received $6.8M for
peacekeeping capacity development since FY 2007.

— Bolivia: Offer TBD. We are seeking to learn and stand
ready to consider any to augment Bolivian informal offer
training/equipment needs they may have; Bolivia is a
contingent already in MINUSTAH and a GPOI partner that
received $1.2M since FY 2008.

— Sri Lanka: Offer TBD. UNDPKO/OMA has received this offer.
Sri Lanka is under sanctions; a policy decision would have to
be made concerning whether GPOI can engage Sri Lanka. Sri
Lanka has a contingent in MINUSTAH and is a GPOI partner that
has received about $2.8M for peacekeeping capacity
development since FY2007.

— Jordan: Offer of FPUs TBD. UNDPKO/OMA has received this
request. We are seeking to learn and stand ready to consider
any requests to augment Jordanian offers with training or
equipment needs they may have. Jordan is a MINUSTAH member
and a GPOI partner that received $3.5M for peacekeeping
capacity development since FY 2006.

— Bangladesh: Offer of 1 FPU. UNDPKO/OMA has accepted this
offer. We stand ready to consider any need to augment the
Bangladeshi offer. Bangladesh is a member of MINUSTAH and a
GPOI partner that received $7.1M since FY 2005. In support
of DPKO,s medium term plan for MINUSTAH, Bangladesh has
offered an additional FPU and UNDPKO/OMA has accepted.
Bangladesh is already a MINUSTAH member and GPOI partner that
received $7.1M since FY 2005.

— Rwanda: Tentative offer of one FPU in support of DPKO,s
medium term planning for MINUSTAH and UNDPKO/OMA has
accepted. The Department has offered to provide some
equipment to support a Rwandan deployment and is awaiting
further word on Kigali,s agreement to deploy. Current
estimates of Rwanda,s needs are approximately $2 million;
GPOI has identified $2M to support the deployment of this FPU
should Rwanda formally commit to its deployment. Rwanda is a
GPOI partner that has received over $7M in GPOI funds and
over $5M in PKO Supplemental funds for peacekeeping capacity
development. Rwanda is already a member of MINUSTAH.

— Pakistan: Offer of an FPU in support of DPKO,s long-term
needs for MINUSTAH. UNDPKO/OMA has accepted. Pakistan has
approximately $2M available in GPOI funding which it will be
urged to use to support this possible deployment to MINUSTAH.

— Nepal: Offer of an FPU in support of long term needs.
UNDPKO/OMA has accepted. The U.S. stands ready to consider
any training/equipment needs they may have. Nepal is already
a MINUSTAH member and a GPOI partner that has received about
$5.7M for peacekeeping capacity development since FY 2006.
Nepal is also slated to receive $3M in residual FY 2005
equipment funds to support its upcoming deployment to UNAMID.

6. (SBU) USUN is requested to inform DPKO that the United
States intends to continue its diplomatic strategy of
engaging regional partners and troop contributing countries
in the Western Hemisphere to ensure that MINUSTAH is fully
deployed in a timely and effective manner. Further details
of our diplomatic strategy will follow via SEPTEL.

7. (SBU) The Department thanks USUN for its work on the
international response to the earthquake in Haiti. As
additional requests are received from DPKO and progress is
made on outstanding requests, the Department will transmit a
cable to USUN with updates, as appropriate.
CLINTON