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07KYIV2759, UKRAINE: IRAQ DEPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS

November 6, 2007

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07KYIV2759 2007-11-06 11:07 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

VZCZCXRO9121
PP RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHKUK
DE RUEHKV #2759 3101107
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 061107Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4266
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC

C O N F I D E N T I A L KYIV 002759 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT ALSO FOR PM, NEA/I, AND EUR/UMB 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/06/2017 
TAGS: MARR MOPS PREL IZ UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: IRAQ DEPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS 
 
REF: STATE 150164 
 
Classified By: Political Counselor Kent Logsdon for reasons 1.4(b,d) 
 
1. (C) With regard to all the scenarios contained in reftel, 
Ukraine's parliament must approve the deployment of Ukrainian 
military units in peacekeeping operations (PKO), while the 
President can authorize the participation of individual 
members of the military in PKOs by the issuance of a 
Presidential Decree.  Thus, legislative approval or a simple 
executive decision could apply in any of reftel's four 
scenarios.  That said, we believe the first (Ukraine joining 
a U.S.-Iraq agreement) and fourth (Ukrainian troops or units 
deploying as part of forces under U.S. command) scenarios 
would be most feasible for Ukraine.  In particular, the third 
scenario (Ukraine and Iraq signing a separate bilateral 
agreement based on the U.S.-Iraq model) would be a lengthy 
process taking many months. 
 
2. (SBU) Ukrainian President Yushchenko and Defense Minister 
Hrytsenko both place a high value generally on Ukraine's 
participation in PKOs as an opportunity for Ukraine to 
demonstrate its readiness to contribute to international 
stability.  Ukraine currently has contingents and personnel 
serving in various operations in nine countries.  Ukraine is 
also the only non-NATO country that is participating in every 
NATO operation.  Ukraine currently has 34 personnel in Iraq, 
with thirty-one personnel serving on headquarters staffs and 
providing training of Iraqi police and security forces. 
Three personnel serve in the NATO training mission.  By 
Presidential Decree, Ukraine may send up to 50 personnel to 
Iraq.  (Note: Issuance of a new Presidential Decree, which 
could be required if the current UNSCR's authority expires, 
could be a process requiring several months.) 
 
3. (SBU) The likelihood of future Ukrainian participation in 
Iraq after the current MNF-I mandate expires and the 
importance of a follow-on UNSCR will also depend, however, on 
the selection of the next prime minister and the composition 
of the next cabinet, both of which are currently issues under 
negotiation in the wake of the September 30 parliamentary 
elections.  Our Ukrainian interlocutors themselves would 
probably not be able to respond to reftel's questions 
authoritatively until a new parliamentary coalition and 
government are formed, but we stand ready to engage them if 
requested. 
 
4. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Taylor

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