US embassy cable - 01ABUJA2300

NIGERIA: ARMY MINISTER UPDATE ON OFR AND UNAMSIL ISSUES

Identifier: 01ABUJA2300
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Origin: Embassy Abuja
Created: 2001-09-14 14:49:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Tags: PREL MASS MARR SL NI
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UNCLAS ABUJA 002300 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL, MASS, MARR, SL, NI 
SUBJECT: NIGERIA: ARMY MINISTER UPDATE ON OFR AND UNAMSIL 
ISSUES 
 
REF: A. ABUJA 2297 
     B. ABUJA 2218 
 
 
SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED - PROTECT ACCORDINGLY 
 
 
1. (SBU) Army Minister 14 September called PolMilOff on OFR 
and UNAMSIL issues discussed in recent weeks.  Batagarawa 
stated that he had spoken with Comptroller General of 
Customs, who had agreed to give his clearance to the 
container carrying some OFR items from Ghana stuck at the 
land border.  The Army Minister said he expected to have the 
OFR MOI in his hands by Wednesday, 19 September.  He said he 
anticipated that the MOI could be signed shortly thereafter. 
(He was clearly frustrated with the internal MOD handling of 
the issue.) 
 
 
2. (SBU) Finally, Batagarawa said he had instructed the 
Nigerian Defense Advisor to the UN to work with USUN 
personnel to do what is necessary to get the Nigerian 
vehicles in Sierra Leone covered by the LOA. 
 
 
3. (U) Freetown minimize considered. 
Andrews 

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