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Viewing cable 08LONDON1967, IRAQ: UK LIKELY TO ASSUME ROLE OF "PRIME

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08LONDON1967 2008-07-29 15:03 2011-02-04 21:09 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy London
VZCZCXYZ0000
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHLO #1967 2111545
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 291545Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY LONDON
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9318
INFO RUEHXP/ALL NATO POST COLLECTIVE
RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD 0654
RUEHKV/AMEMBASSY KYIV 0082
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
C O N F I D E N T I A L LONDON 001967 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/RPM; EUR/WE 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/28/2018 

TAGS: PREL MARR NATO IZ UK

SUBJECT: IRAQ: UK LIKELY TO ASSUME ROLE OF "PRIME 
COORDINATION NATION" (PCN) FOR MILITARY OFFICER TRAINING...C O N F I D E N T I A L LONDON 001967  SIPDIS  STATE FOR EUR/RPM; EUR/WE  E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/28/2018 

TAGS: PREL MARR NATO IZ UK

Classified By: Political Counselor Richard M. Mills Jr. for reasons 1.4  (b) and (d).  1.  (C) As reported ref a, HMG is currently engaged in cross-departmental discussion on its role in the NATO Training Mission - Iraq (NTM-I).  The discussions will continue throughout August and September, according to MOD Deputy Director for Iraq Joint Commitments Daniel Hughes, who is drafting proposals for his superiors to review "within the next few weeks."  One proposal he will advance, and for which he thinks there will be significant support in Whitehall, would have the UK assume the role of "Prime Coordinating Nation" (PCN) for military officer training within NTM-I. Hughes also said that the broad themes of his paper would be based on the assumption that the UK presence in Basra will draw down significantly sometime in 2009.  The UK will remain engaged on a bilateral basis in Basra in "niche areas," including military training, where the U.S. and Iraqis think most useful, and where UK resource limitations allow.  One example of this would be naval training in Um Qasr port.  

ΒΆ2.  (C) Hughes predicted that the UK would maintain a continued robust role in JHQ Baghdad. Through NTM-I the UK would continue its officer training/staff college efforts. He noted the difficulties of implementing the courses through NTM-I rather than bilaterally but recognized the advantages outlined ref b in a sustained coalition approach. Hughes will therefore recommend to his superiors that the UK work to fix, rather than abandon, NTM-I.  Visit London's Classified Website: XXXXXXXXXXXX TUTTLE