07MOSCOW677, RUSSIANS SUPPORT AFRICAN UNION FORCE IN SOMALIA

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07MOSCOW677 2007-02-15 15:16 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

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DE RUEHMO #0677 0461516
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 151516Z FEB 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7503
INFO RUEHGG/UN SECURITY COUNCIL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHDS/AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA PRIORITY 0092
RUEHKM/AMEMBASSY KAMPALA PRIORITY 0024
RUEHNR/AMEMBASSY NAIROBI PRIORITY 0183

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 000677 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR AF/E GAREY AND AF/RSA BITTRICK 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/15/2017 
TAGS: KPKO MOPS PHUM PREL EUN SO RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIANS SUPPORT AFRICAN UNION FORCE IN SOMALIA 
 
REF: STATE 17083 
 
Classified By: Pol/Min Counselor Alice G. Wells.  Reasons: 1.4 (b/d). 
 
1. (C) On February 15 we delivered reftel points to Oleg 
Dadayev, chief of the MFA's Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea 
Section, urging support for an African Union force in 
Somalia.  Dadayev said the GOR would support an African Union 
Force as well as the Transitional Federal Government in 
Somalia.  He added that the GOR believed that a regional 
approach, or even a broader international approach, was the 
best way to bring security to Somalia.  He praised Ugandan 
participation in peacekeeping operation, and noted that 
Ethiopia's decision to withdraw its forces was the correct 
choice. 
 
2. (C) Responding to reftel points on U.S. goals in Somalia, 
Dadayev questioned U.S. motives for its involvement, saying 
that some in the GOR believed the U.S. was after Somalia's 
energy resources.  Dadayev took on board our point that the 
U.S. wanted to prevent Somalia from being a safe haven for 
terrorists as part of our strategy in the Global Was on 
Terrorism. 
 
3. (C) In a February 14 meeting, Vladimir Safronkov, Chief of 
the UN Political Affairs Section in the MFA's International 
Organizations Department, told us that Russia wanted to work 
together with the U.S. on Somalia.  He pointed out that 
Russia had not objected to Ethiopia's "unsanctioned" 
intervention in Somalia, noting that some state needed to 
remove the Islamist regime before it grew too strong and 
Somalia became even a greater haven for terrorists.  Russia 
supported the AU Force in Somalia, but Safronkov was 
skeptical about the mission's staying power.  At the same 
time, he warned that a transition to a UN PKO would have to 
be carefully reviewed by the Security Council. 
BURNS

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