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WikiLeaks: 2007-11-08: 07BAGHDAD3694: Maliki Advisor says Christian Leaders Accept PM's Aid, UNAMI Human Rights Chief Should be Changed

by WikiLeaks. 07BAGHDAD3694: November 08, 2007.

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 06:35 PM UT


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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07BAGHDAD3694 2007-11-08 06:35 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Baghdad
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DE RUEHGB #3694/01 3120635
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 080635Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4262
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 BAGHDAD 003694 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/07/2017 
TAGS: PHUM PGOV PREL KIRF IZ VT
SUBJECT: MALIKI ADVISOR SAYS CHRISTIAN LEADERS ACCEPT PM'S 
AID, UNAMI HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF SHOULD BE CHANGED 
 
REF: A. BAGHDAD 2010 
     B. BAGHDAD 1434 
     C. BAGHDAD 1607 
 
BAGHDAD 00003694  001.2 OF 002 
 
 
Classified By: DEPUTY POLITICAL COUNSELOR ELLEN GERMAIN, FOR REASONS 1. 
4 (B,D). 
 
 1. (C) SUMMARY:  According to PM's advisor George Bakoos, 
Chaldean Patriarch Emmanuel III Delly on October 27 accepted 
assistance to the Iraqi Christian community that Maliki had 
offered when they met three months earlier.  Bakoos said the 
offer consisted of hiring Christian security personnel 
through the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and providing one 
million dinar (800 USD) stipends per displaced Christian 
family, and that Delly finally agreed to provide lists of 
suitable candidates on October 27.  Bakoos reported that 
Delly previously accepted the PM's donation of 100 million 
dinars (80,000 USD) in general aid for distribution through 
the Council of Christian Church Leaders in Baghdad (CCCB). 
(However, as of November 6, Baghdad Christians, including 
Non-Muslim Endowment President Abdullah Naufali, could not 
confirm receiving this aid from the PM.)  Bakoos also noted 
the PM's senior staff plans to press incoming Special 
Representative to the Secretary General Staffan De Mistura to 
replace United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq's (UNAMI) 
Human Rights Chief Hania Mufti, whom they complain is biased. 
END SUMMARY. 
 
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PM's ADVISOR: CHALDEAN PATRIARCH ACCEPTS PM'S AID 
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2. (C) PM's Advisor George Bakoos, an Assyrian Christian, 
told PolOff October 29 that Cardinal Delly agreed to provide 
the PM lists of Christians to be employed as security 
personnel by the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and displaced 
Christian families to receive one million dinars (800 USD) 
each when they met on October 27.  He explained that 
Christian security personnel would help protect the Christian 
community.  Bakoos noted the PM had actually offered this 
assistance to Delly three months ago when he met with Delly, 
Chaldean Vice-Patriarch Shlemoon Wardoni, and the Primate of 
the Iraqi Armenian Diocese Archbishop Avak Asadourian to 
discuss the Christian community's security situation and 
displacement.  Bakoos said that Delly had accepted Maliki's 
offer to donate 100 million dinars (80,000 USD) of general 
aid to be distributed to Christians through the Council of 
Christian Church Leaders in Baghdad (CCCB) during this 
meeting.  (Note: Patriarch Delly leads the CCCB with 
Archbishop Asadourian as his deputy.  The CCCB normally meets 
every six months to discuss Christian concerns across sects 
and can also convene for emergencies (ref A). End note.) 
 
3. (C) Bakoos said that he was uncertain whether the PM's 
office was still in a position to provide the one million 
dinars of financial aid for individual displaced families 
that was offered several months ago.  He said that Non-Muslim 
Endowment Chair Abdullah Naufali (a Chaldean Christian) was 
compiling the lists of Christian families to receive aid and 
Christians to be hired by MoI for the PM's office.  He 
expressed frustration that Delly waited three months before 
agreeing to provide the names.  Commenting on Delly's 
apparent reluctance to provide this information, Bakoos 
remarked that people needed to realize they are no longer 
living under Saddam. 
 
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CHRISTIANS HAVE NOT CONFIRMED RECEIVING PM'S AID 
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4. (C) Abdullah Naufali informed PolOff November 6 that while 
leaders of various Christian churches had indeed sought 
financial aid from the PM's office, they are still waiting to 
see support.  He cautioned that "Officially, I have no idea 
about what you asked."  (Comment:  Naufali likely wanted to 
avoid publicly criticizing the PM's responsiveness to date 
due to concerns that antagonizing the PM's office, to which 
the religious endowments are officially attached, would 
jeopardize the prospects of aid.  End comment.)  Meanwhile, 
Baghdad Christians have reported receiving some assistance 
through churches, although they have been unable to confirm 
the source of the funds.  Two locally-engaged Chaldean 
Christian Embassy employees said that several months ago, 
Saint George's Church, located on the Rusafa side of Baghdad, 
distributed stipends of 50,000 dinars (40 USD) to displaced 
Christian families of all denominations across Baghdad.  One 
reported that the church has functioned as a central registry 
center for displaced Christians to whom the church has also 
 
BAGHDAD 00003694  002.2 OF 002 
 
 
provided supplies such as food, heaters, and mattresses. 
 
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BAKOOS: PM'S OFFICE TO SEEK NEW UNAMI HUMAN RIGHTS CHIEF 
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5. (C) Turning to UNAMI, Bakoos said the PM's office planned 
to approach Staffan De Mistura on removing UNAMI Human Rights 
Chief Hania Mufti -- "that Palestinian woman" -- whom they 
consider to be biased, when De Mistura takes office as the 
UNAMI SRSG.  Bakoos said that the PM'S Chief of Staff Tariq 
Abdullah was involved in this plan, and maintained that he 
personally had nothing against Palestinians.  He conceded 
that UNAMI had provided the GOI with two weeks to review and 
comment on the draft of its second quarter human rights 
report before publicly releasing it on October 11.  Bakoos 
acknowledged that this was a change from the approach UNAMI 
took in late April when it withdrew an initial offer to allow 
the GOI a week to comment on the draft before publicly 
releasing the first quarter human rights report (ref B). 
However, he remained adamant that UNAMI should be neutral, 
and Mufti had demonstrated she is not. 
 
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COMMENT 
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6. (C) While the PM's office released a statement pledging to 
help stop the outflow of Christians in connection with the 
October 27 Maliki-Delly meeting, Bakoos and Naufali's 
comments indicate the details of GOI aid to Christians are 
still sketchy.  It is unclear whether any aid from the PM's 
office has actually reached Christians, although Delly's 
apparent reluctance to provide identifying information on 
Christians needing aid would have constrained the PM's 
ability to move forward with providing assistance.  Post will 
continue seeking information on the forms of government aid 
that are reaching Christians and other endangered minorities. 
 END COMMENT. 
CROCKER

 



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