US embassy cable - 06NAIROBI2166

SOMALIA: UPDATE ON DISPOSITION OF DECEASED SOMALI'S REMAINS

Identifier: 06NAIROBI2166
Wikileaks: View 06NAIROBI2166 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Nairobi
Created: 2006-05-17 13:54:00
Classification: SECRET//NOFORN
Tags: PHSA ICRC ASEC MARR PREL KE SO
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/16/2026 
TAGS: PHSA, ICRC, ASEC, MARR, PREL, KE, SO 
SUBJECT: SOMALIA: UPDATE ON DISPOSITION OF DECEASED 
SOMALI'S REMAINS 
 
REF: A. STATE 76634 
 
     B. NAIROBI 2003 
 
Classified By: Political Counselor Michael J. Fitzpatrick for 
reasons 1.4 (b,d) 
 
1. (C) Pursuant to ref A, Post requested the International 
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) convey the message to the 
deceased Somali's next of kin their two options: that they 
can either accept the remains without any form of 
compensation from the USG or that the body will be properly 
disposed of in a location outside of Somalia.  The ICRC has 
since reported that the next of kin still insist on direct 
communication with the U.S. Embassy, and obligingly, the ICRC 
collected the family member's contact details and forwarded 
these to Post.  ICRC's representative also informed poloff 
that the organization no longer wished to serve as an 
intermediary between the USG and the next of kin on the 
subject of compensation. 
 
2. (S/NF) Having received such an unsatisfactory response 
from the next of kin, Post is pursuing an alternative channel 
to convey the USG's message to the deceased's family members. 
 PolCouns May 16 contacted Mohamed Ali Nur (Americo), Charge 
D'Affaires for the Embassy of the Somali Republic in Kenya. 
PolCouns highlighted that this issue as an area in which the 
Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the USG 
might expand their anti-piracy coordination efforts. 
PolCouns explained that serving as an intermediary to convey 
the options to the next of kin is an excellent opportunity to 
demonstrate the TFG's commitment anti-piracy coordination. 
(NOTE: On May 5 and 12, PolCouns, poloffs, and other U.S. 
reps met with Americo and others to discuss furthering 
cooperation on combating piracy. In an April letter to the 
Ambassador, the Prime Minister had designated "Mohamed Ali 
Nur, Coordinator of Somlia Affairs in Kenya; Ahmed Abdulle 
Sahal, Army Officer; and, Abdi Hassan Mohamed, Intelligence 
Officer" as the three TFG officials assigned to a joint 
Embassy-TFG working group on piracy.  The first working group 
meeting laid out the framework for bilateral information 
sharing among the concerned diplomatic, military and 
intelligence personnel.  Sahal was absent from the second 
meeting as he had gone to Somalia to obtain answers for a 
number of questions raised by the U.S. side at the first 
meeting.  TFG officials stressed the decentralized nature of 
the piracy problem now, with a number of "copy-cats" getting 
into the action as a way to make money.  END NOTE.) 
 
3.  (C) Americo was quite receptive to such a suggestion and 
subsequently conveyed our message (along with the next of 
kin's contact information) to Somali PM Gedi.  Gedi is 
supportive of this effort and agreed to send an individual to 
Mogadishu to directly convey the USG's message to the next of 
kin and seek a definitive response.  Post anticipates 
receiving a response by May 18.  The continuing tense 
situation in Mogadishu and the potential for renewed 
violence, however, may slightly delay this effort.  Post will 
report the outcome of the meeting as soon as it made known to 
us. 
 
4. (C) Meanwhile, Post is awaiting ARCENT's provision of a 
timeline for when disposal of the remains will be imminently 
necessary.  Given the continuing difficulties surrounding the 
disposition of these particular remains, Post reiterates for 
the Washington inter-agency the need to develop SOP 
guidelines for the handling of such cases in the future. 
BELLAMY 

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