Viewing cable 08USUNNEWYORK1147
Title: US STAFF OFFICERS NEED CUSTOMS CLEARANCE FOR

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08USUNNEWYORK11472008-12-08 15:14:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL USUN New York
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/08/2018 
TAGS: AF PGOV PREL SU NSC UNSC KPKO MOPS
SUBJECT: US STAFF OFFICERS NEED CUSTOMS CLEARANCE FOR 
WEAPONS 
 
REF: KHARTOUM 01710 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo for reasons 1.4 (b) and ( 
d). 
 
¶1. (C) Summary: After months of waiting USUN Military Staff 
Committee (MSC) was notified on 17 NOV by UN Force Generation 
Services (FGS) that the 8 US Military Staff Officers 
deploying in support of the UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) 
have been issued letters of approval by the GOS for visas on 
arrival. A remaining issue must be resolved prior to the 
deployment of these officers: United States Military observer 
Group-Washington (USMOG-W) will not deploy US military 
personnel to high threat level UN missions without side arms. 
 USUN MSC has submitted customs clearance request through UN 
FGS for the weapons. End Summary. 
 
¶2. (C) FGS notified USUN MSC on 17 NOV that the 8 US Military 
Staff Officers submitted to FGS were provided with letters of 
approval for Sudanese visas to be issued upon arrival in 
Sudan. MSC questioned FGS on the feasibility of this process 
because Sudanese visas are required by airlines in order to 
board plains destined for Sudan. FGS assured USUN MSC that 
visas have been issued upon arrival for other military 
officers and providing military orders and the letter of 
approval would alleviate the problem posed by the airlines. 
FGS also requested that the U.S. refrain from using Egypt air 
when making travel arrangements for the eight officers. 
(Note: Egypt Air, according to FGS, has not been receptive to 
accepting approval upon arrival letters over visa stamped 
passports. End Note) 
 
 
¶3. (C) To address the USMOG-W requirement for the provision 
of side arms for U.S. military personnel, USUN MSC obtained a 
Note Verbale from the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operation 
in JAN 08 stating that US officers assigned to UNAMID 
military staff may carry side arms. USUN submitted a request 
initially on 4 January 2008 and then again on 8 May, 2008 for 
the second group of officers. USUN submitted the request 
through FGS to get approval from Sudanese customs to allow 
the officers to bring side arms to Sudan. USUN has not 
received a response from FGS and when queried FGS stated they 
had not received a response from the Deputy Chief of Military 
Personnel for UNAMID in Khartoum. In a meeting with Under 
Secretary Generals (USYG) for the UN Department of Peace 
Keeping Operations (DPKO), the Department of Fields Services 
(DFS), the UN Military Advisor and the UNAMID Joint Special 
Representative on 2 DEC, USUN MSC representative inquired as 
to the status of the customs clearance. USYG for DFS Susanna 
Malcorra assured MSC rep that she would follow up with UNAMID 
regarding the status of customs clearance (Septel). 
 
¶4. (C) Comment: USUN has not been able to obtain any 
correspondence from UNAMID HQ to the Sudanese MFA regarding 
side arms. USUN will provide all information that can be 
obtained in NY and follow up with USYG Malcorra,s 
assurances. Embassy Khartoum may wish to consider following 
up with UNAMID HQ in Khartoum when USUN confirms that Note 
Vebales have been sent from NY to UNAMID. Department may wish 
to have Embassy Khartoum also engage with the Sudanese MFA to 
obtain customs clearance for these weapons. End Comment. 
Khahilzad