US embassy cable - 06MOSUL19

NINEWA SCIRI REP CLAIMS KURDS NOT SUPPORTIVE OF AL JAAFARI NOMINATION BECAUSE OF KIRKUK ISSUE

Identifier: 06MOSUL19
Wikileaks: View 06MOSUL19 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: REO Mosul
Created: 2006-02-21 15:47:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PINS PINT PGOV PHUM IZ
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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PP RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHKUK
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ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 211547Z FEB 06
FM REO MOSUL
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0415
INFO RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC
RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
RUEHLU/AMEMBASSY LUANDA 0013
RUEHMOS/REO MOSUL 0433
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 MOSUL 000019 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL:  2/21/2016 
TAGS: PREL, PINS, PINT, PGOV, PHUM, IZ 
SUBJECT: NINEWA SCIRI REP CLAIMS KURDS NOT SUPPORTIVE OF AL JAAFARI 
NOMINATION BECAUSE OF KIRKUK ISSUE 
 
MOSUL 00000019  001.2 OF 002 
 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: Cameron  Munter, PRT Leader, Provincial 
Reconstruction Team Ninewa, State. 
REASON: 1.4 (b), (d) 
 
 
 
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SUMMARY 
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1.  (C).  Ninewa Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution of Iraq 
(SCIRI) Spokesman Aref Yousef claimed that recent personal 
attacks against Shia coalition nominee and current Prime 
Minister Ibrahim Al Jaafari as unjust and motivated by Kurds. 
Yousef accused Kurds of working against Al Jaafari because he 
did not interpret Article 58 (of the TAL) to cede control of 
Kirkuk to Iraqi Kurdistan.  He said as a result Kurds were 
working with Sunni Arabs and secularists, such as Ayad Allawi, 
to "block" the selection of Al Jaafari for a second term. 
Yousef trumpeted last year's passing of the constitution and 
anti-insurgency efforts in Tal Afar as successes that should be 
directly attributed to Al Jaafari.  End Summary. 
 
2.  (SBU) PRT Poloff met with Supreme Council for Islamic 
Revolution of Iraq (SCIRI) provincial spokesman Aref Yousef in 
Mosul on February 19. 
 
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KURDS BEHIND ATTACKS ON AL JAAFARI FOR "SELFISH" REASONS 
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3.  (C) SCIRI spokesman Yousef said although Al Jaafari's first 
term was not a complete success, most of the allegations against 
him have been exaggerated.  He claimed Kurds are upset over the 
Shia Coalition's nomination of Al Jaafari because the prime 
minister did not "give them Kirkuk."  Yousef said Kurds 
preferred a very liberal interpretation of Article 58 in the TAL 
regarding issues of the displaced, and as a result had their 
"eyes on Kirkuk."  However, Yousef said, Al Jaafari "did not 
yield" on the issue.  He said other non-Kurd areas of the 
country, such as Salahadin province, should also be looked at 
since they, too, were affected by Saddam Hussein's tinkering. 
He recommended that Al Jaafari be commended for not ceding to 
pressure from the Kurds on this issue. 
 
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CRITICISM OF AL JAAFARI UNFAIR 
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4.  (C) Yousef said criticism of Al Jaafari is unfair.  He 
claimed Al Jaafari's tenure should also be viewed in relation to 
the government he "inherited from [Ayad] Allawi."  Yousef 
claimed Al Jaafari received a deteriorating infrastructure and 
fallout from terrorists attacks in Fallujah and Najaf.  He said 
Al Jaafari was not in office long enough to address all of the 
issues that he wanted to, since the term was less than one year. 
 Yousef claimed Al Jaafari's work with Sunni Arab tribal leaders 
in Al Anbar province, for example, helped solve security issues 
there.  He claimed Al Jaafari reacted "very level-headed" when 
dealing with anti-insurgency issues in Tal Afar in September of 
last year.  Yousef said Al Jaafari "could have overreacted" at 
the news that "200,000 Shias" were killed or displaced. 
Instead, said Yousef, Al Jaafari took time to develop a plan to 
settle security problems there.  Yousef claimed that the 
successes with the writing and passing of the constitution, and 
a peaceful national election, should be credited to Al Jaafari 
as well. 
 
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SUPPORT FOR AL JAAFARI'S NOMINATION 
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5.  (C) When questioned whether SCIRI members were disappointed 
that their candidate, Dr. Abdul Al Mahdi, lost the nomination by 
one vote, Yousef preferred not to answer the question directly. 
He said he hoped Al Mahdi would have been nominated since he is 
"very qualified and skillful," and had a record of "bringing 
people together."  Yousef claimed, however, that the process was 
fair and therefore should be respected.  Yousef responded to 
recent claims by Sunni Arab, secular, and Kurdish parties that 
they would seek to block the nomination of Al Jaafari as 
"unlikely."  He said even if Kurds work with former Prime 
Minister Ayad Allawi to oppose the selection of Al Jaafari, such 
a move could push the political process back and delay the 
formation of the new government.  Yousef said SCIRI hopes that 
the new government would be inclusive and work for the benefit 
of the Iraqi people.  He said he hopes future elections do not 
digress along sectarian and tribal lines. 
 
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MOSUL 00000019  002.2 OF 002 
 
 
PROVINCIAL ELECTION PREPARATIONS 
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6.  (C) Yousef said he did not expect provincial elections to 
take place before this coming September.  He said that once the 
new government was set then preparations would move forward for 
the provincial elections.  Yousef said SCIRI had mobilized its 
offices in Mosul, Sinjar, Tal Afar, and Telkaif, but that it had 
no nominees to date. 
 
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COMMENT 
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7.  (C) Yousef maintained a cautious attitude, especially 
because his party's candidate, Al Mahdi, lost by a razor-thin 
margin.  He toed the party line, however, on building up Al 
Jaafari's first term as prime minister, but did hint that he did 
not believe the Shia coalition had picked the best candidate for 
the job.  He appeared to be dreading the possibility as well 
that Al Jaafari's nomination might not go through, which would 
push the process back to square one.  Yousef was adamant that 
the Kurds were responsible for the "anti-Jaafari" movement 
because of their "selfish" motivations over Article 58 and the 
Kirkuk issue.  We could sense from this meeting that Yousef and 
other local SCIRI members and politicians will be spending much 
of their time working on damage control from Al Jaafari 
nomination, rather than concentrating on their work in the new 
national assembly. 
MUNTER 

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