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07KYIV2515, UKRAINE: MILITARY HELICOPTERS FOR UNAMID REQUESTED

October 3, 2007

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07KYIV2515 2007-10-03 12:15 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

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DE RUEHKV #2515 2761215
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P 031215Z OCT 07
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3965
INFO RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN 0023
RUEHBR/AMEMBASSY BRASILIA 0002
RUEHCP/AMEMBASSY COPENHAGEN 0016
RUEHDL/AMEMBASSY DUBLIN 0004
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 0054
RUEHNJ/AMEMBASSY NDJAMENA 0001
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 0006
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 0025
RUEHSA/AMEMBASSY PRETORIA 0001
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME 0009
RUEHTC/AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE 0023
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0033

C O N F I D E N T I A L KYIV 002515 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT ALSO FOR IO/PSC, EUR/UMB AND EUR/PGI 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/03/2017 
TAGS: PREL UNSC KPKO SU UK UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: MILITARY HELICOPTERS FOR UNAMID REQUESTED 
 
REF: A. LONDON 3746 
     B. PARIS 4084 
     C. STATE 136068 
 
Classified By: Political Counselor Kent Logsdon for reasons 1.4(b,d) 
 
1. (U) Per input received ref A, we joined UK Embassy Head of 
Political Section Duncan Allan on a joint demarche October 3 
to MFA UN Directorate head Petro Datsenko to request that 
Ukraine consider providing six to twelve military utility 
helicopters (ref C) for UNAMID (United Nations-African Union 
Mission in Darfur).  (Per ref B, we did not ask that a French 
Embassy representative join us.) 
 
2. (C) Datsenko welcomed our approach, noting that Ukrainian 
President Yushchenko puts a high priority on Ukrainian 
participation in peacekeeping operations.  Immediately after 
passage of UNSC Resolution 1769 authorizing UNAMID, MFA had 
sent a request to the Ministry of Defense (MOD) to consider 
possible Ukrainian participation in the Darfur operation.  To 
date, MOD has hesitated, concerned about Sudan's position 
that it preferred participation of primarily African 
countries and the poor security for the operation.  MOD, 
however, had been considering possible troop participation, 
so Datsenko opined that MOD would more favorably consider a 
request to provide utility helicopters. 
 
3. (U) Datsenko asked whether the UN was seeking Mi-8 
helicopters or another type.  In response to his question, we 
clarified that "military utility" helicopters probably meant 
light transport helicopters.  Allan undertook to provide a 
non-paper in response to Datsenko's request for details in 
writing that he could attach to his renewed request to MOD. 
(Allan said he would also provide us with a copy.)  After the 
meeting, Allan telephoned to advise us that Datsenko had 
further inquired whether Ukraine was being asked to provide 
pilots for the helicopters or logistical support.  Allan said 
he would seek clarification from London. 
 
4. (C) Comment: While Ukraine could eventually provide a 
positive answer, we do not expect a firm response for several 
months.  In reply to our question, Datsenko said a 
Presidential decree could authorize Ukrainian participation 
in UNAMID, but that Parliament would also need to ratify the 
decree.  Parliamentary elections just took place September 
30, and the process of seating the new Parliament and forming 
a new government could be a protracted one.  At the same 
time, however, early consideration of our request will allow 
MFA and MOD to move quickly once the domestic political 
situation clarifies. 
 
5. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Taylor

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