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WikiLeaks: 2006-09-11: 06BAGHDAD3372: Leading Reconciliation Commission Member Pessimistic About Process

by WikiLeaks. 06BAGHDAD3372: September 11, 2006.

Posted: Thursday, October 04, 2012 at 06:28 PM UT


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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06BAGHDAD3372 2006-09-11 05:04 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Baghdad
VZCZCXRO6312
PP RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHKUK
DE RUEHGB #3372 2540504
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 110504Z SEP 06
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6804
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RHEHAAA/WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RHEHAAA/WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON DC//NSC// PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
C O N F I D E N T I A L BAGHDAD 003372 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/08/2016 
TAGS: PGOV KDEM IZ
SUBJECT: LEADING RECONCILIATION COMMISSION MEMBER 
PESSIMISTIC ABOUT PROCESS 
 
Classified By: POLCOUNS MARGARET SCOBEY FOR REASONS 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
 1. (C) In a September 7 conversation, National 
Reconciliation Commission member and chairman of the 
political parties committee Sheikh Ayad Jamaladdin (Iraqiyya, 
cross-sectarian) admitted to EmbOffs his pessimism about the 
effectiveness of the Commission.  Jamaladdin asserted that 
political leaders such as Abd al-Aziz al-Hakim, Muqtada 
al-Sadr, and Masoud Barzani were the keys to reconciliation, 
and not the Commission itself.  He said that none of these 
leaders has any desire for reconciliation and were only 
interested in the benefits they would be able to gain for 
their constituencies. He commented sarcastically, "But we 
will have our four conferences to show the Americans that we 
believe in reconciliation." 
 
2. (C) Jamaladdin stated that reconciliation would not be 
possible without a high-level commitment to (a) discontinue 
De-Ba'athification, (b) dismantle militias, and (c) provide 
amnesty to all Iraqi insurgents.  Jamaladdin said members of 
the political parties committee would travel to neighboring 
countries in the coming weeks to discourage insurgency 
activities.  Jamaladdin confirmed the dates of two upcoming 
national reconciliation conferences: the civil society 
conference on September 16-17 and the political parties 
conference on September 21-22. Due to the flag controversy, 
Jamaladdin questioned whether the political party conference 
would be held in Irbil as originally planned. 
 
3. (C) Comment: Jamaladdin is not alone in his pessimistic 
view of the Commission.  Several Commission members, 
including Dr. Farouq Abdullah Perry (Turkoman) and Imad 
Muhammad Ali (Tawafoq - Sunni) have told Pol LES unofficially 
in the past week that they too do not have high hopes for the 
Commission.  Imad Muhammad Ali (septel) openly complained 
about the poor attendance of Commission members at meetings 
(he specifically identified Falah Fayeh (Shia Alliance) and 
Mahmoud Othman (Kurdish Alliance).  Yunadam Kena (Assyrian 
Christian) also wondered how serious the government is if the 
Minister of State of National Reconciliation Akram al-Hakim 
(Minister of State for Civil Society Affairs) is in London 
for the next few weeks and the Ministry allegedly has no 
budget. 
 
4. (C) Bio note: Ayad Jamaladdin was elected to the CoR on 
Ayad Allawi's Iraqiyya list from Nasiriyyah.  Born in 1961, 
he is originally from Najaf and is considered to be a 
moderate religious Shia with strong views supporting 
separation of religion and state and women's rights.  He left 
for Syria in 1979, but later moved to Iran where he studied 
religion for 8 years.  In 1995, he traveled to UAE where he 
served as an Imam until 2003 when he returned to Iraq.  He 
understands and speaks a very limited amount of English, and 
during the meeting he politely declined to shake hands with 
female Emboff. 
 
KHALILZAD

 



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