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C O N F I D E N T I A L ABUJA 002218 SIPDIS DEPARTMENT FOR AF/W:BOOTH AND AF/RA:BITTRICK E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/04/2011 TAGS: MASS, MARR, KPKO, NI SUBJECT: NIGERIA: ARMY MINISTER ON OFR ISSUES AND UNAMSIL ROTATIONS REF: A. STATE 151930 B. ABUJA 2117 (U) Classified by CDA Andrews; Reasons 1.5 (b) and (d). 1. (U) CDA, accompanied by DATT and PolMilOff, called on Army Minister Batagarawa 4 September to discuss OFR issues and Ref A points on UNAMSIL rotations. 2. (C) Batagarawa said he would meet with his Joint and Legal Staff and promised to provide an answer on the Memorandum of Intent this week. 3. (C) Batagarawa was unaware of the President's commitment on January rotations made to the Ambassador (Ref B), but promised to look into both requests and provide an answer to the Embassy by September 10. Batagarawa understands that, should one Nigerian battalion rotate out in September (as scheduled) and the other one in January (as we are requesting), Nigeria would have three battalions in Sierra Leone (all OFR-trained), but a reduction of one overall. 4. (C) COMMENT: We were not surprised that the President's decision had not filtered down to the Minister or the Services. Often, the Embassy is required to carry information from one place to another within the GON to ensure a coordinated response. END COMMENT. 5. (U) Freetown minimize considered. Andrews
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