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WikiLeaks: 2007-04-06: 07BAGHDAD1190: Chaldean Church Official Conveys Decision on MNF-I Occupation of Seminary Building

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07BAGHDAD1190 2007-04-06 18:06 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Baghdad
VZCZCXRO7466
OO RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHKUK
DE RUEHGB #1190 0961806
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 061806Z APR 07
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0599
INFO RUEHROV/AMEMBASSY VATICAN PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
RHEHAAA/WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON DC//NSC//
C O N F I D E N T I A L BAGHDAD 001190 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/06/2017 
TAGS: MOPS PHUM PGOV IZ VT
SUBJECT: CHALDEAN CHURCH OFFICIAL CONVEYS DECISION ON MNF-I 
OCCUPATION OF SEMINARY BUILDING 
 
REF: A) BAGHDAD 1173 B) VATICAN 0074 C) BAGHDAD 1183 
     D) EMAIL NAJIM-GANSER 04 05 07 
 
Classified By: DEPUTY POLITICAL COUNSELOR ROBERT GILCHRIST, FOR REASONS 
 1.4 (B,D). 
 
1. (C) SUMMARY:  On April 5, Bishop Shlemoon Wardoni, the 
Vice Patriarch of the Chaldean Church conveyed the Church's 
decision to PolOff that the Coalition Forces must vacate the 
Combat Outpost currently located at the Chaldean Seminary in 
Baghdad's Doura district.  Coalition Forces and the outpost's 
leadership were informed of the Church's decision 
immediately, and will begin executing its relocation plan. 
On April 6, a Chaldean member of the Iraqi Council of 
Representatives (CoR) Yonadam Kanna and Bishop Wardoni 
confirmed that Patriarch Delly has agreed not to protest 
against the Coalition's presence at the seminary through the 
media.  Kanna also confirmed he would not raise the issue 
publicly during the next CoR session.  END SUMMARY. 
 
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CHALDEAN CHURCH: VACATE PROPERTY, STAY IN DOURA 
--------------------------------------------- -- 
 
2. (C) On April 5, Bishop Shlemoon Wardoni informed PolOff 
that the Chaldean Church's final decision was for Coalition 
Forces to vacate the Combat Outpost (COP) located at the 
Church's Babel College of Philosophy and Theology seminary in 
Doura (ref A).  Bishop conveyed that he, other Bishops, and 
Patriarch Delly made the decision jointly after much 
deliberation.  Bishop Wardoni requested that the Coalition 
assist the seminary rector retrieve some important documents 
during an upcoming visit to the seminary on April 8.  He 
added that while the Church hopes for a continued military 
presence in Doura, it could not risk having the outpost 
physically located on the seminary's grounds.  Bishop Wardoni 
believes that the outpost's location on seminary grounds is 
partly responsible for fueling the recent, increased 
targeting of Chaldeans by Muslim extremists.  According to 
the Bishop, over the past month, he had personally paid for 
the release of several Chaldean priests that had been 
kidnapped for ransom -- in amounts ranging from 25,000 USD to 
95,000 USD each. 
 
3. (C) Bishop Wardoni accepted the Coaltion's request for two 
months to vacate and restore the seminary to pre-occupation 
condition (ref B).  PolOff assured Bishop Wardoni that 
Coalition forces would respect and comply fully with the 
decision and would coordinate with the seminary's rector on 
retrieving the Church's papers from the seminary.  The Bishop 
also expressed gratitude for U.S. assistance on establishing 
the status of four seminary guards, who had been arrested by 
Iraqi Ministry of Interior National Police and for the 
efforts of senior military leaders to obtain their release 
(ref C). 
 
4. (C) MNF-I leadership was immediately informed of the 
Church's request to vacate the seminary, along with its 
desire for continued Coalition Forces presence in Doura. 
MNF-I has stated that they will comply fully with the 
Church's wishes. 
 
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CHALDEANS: ISSUE RESOLVED, PROTEST UNNECESSARY 
--------------------------------------------- - 
 
5. (C) On April 6, PolOff asked Yonadam Kanna, a Chaldean CoR 
member, to advise his Church contacts against protesting the 
COP via a media blitz or during the next Council of 
Representatives session on April 10 (ref D).  Kanna agreed 
that media exposure could inflame the situation.  He also 
pledged to contact Bishop Wardoni, the Chaldean Ambassador to 
the Vatican, and Patriarch Delly to advise against public 
criticism of the outpost through the media.  Later on April 
6, both Kanna and Bishop Wardoni then confirmed to PolOff 
that the Patriarch, having understood the Coalition will 
vacate the seminary, has agreed to resolve the matter 
privately. 
 
6. (C) Kanna also echoed Bishop Wardoni's desire that the 
Coalition remain in Doura, but maintain no public association 
with the Chaldean community and their facilities.  He 
suggested several alternate COP locations in Doura, such as a 
police station, and agreed to provide details on possible 
locations to the Coalition Forces leadership.  (Comment: Post 
will continue to facilitate coordination between the Chaldean 
Church and the Coalition as it begins vacating the seminary. 
End comment.) 
CROCKER

 



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