10. (S/NF) Both sides described the U.S. Security Development Plan as positive yet insufficiently resourced. Durrani pledged Pakistan,s support for the U.S. Training-of-Trainers for the Frontier Corps starting in Abbottabad in October. Due to the slow pace of construction, Durrani added he was doubtful that the more permanent training site at Warsak would be ready for the next iteration of training, scheduled in early 2009. Durrani thanked the U.S. for its support of
Pakistan,s special forces, but requested more training and equipment to improve Pakistan,s capacity, specifically
citing lift capability and intelligence sharing. On Border Coordination Centers, Foreign Minister Qureshi confirmed that while Pakistan initially had reservations, it was now ready to collaborate further. Boucher asked if Pakistan had already identified sites for Border Coordination Centers planned within Pakistan, but received no firm response. Negroponte concluded by citing the need for the U.S. to transition from the current patchwork appropriations approach to funding the Security Development Plan in a more regular, predictable, and centralized way.
5. (C) Assistant Secretary Richard Boucher added that the Administration will intensify its efforts to engage with Congress on the F-16s over the next two weeks. He also added that Congress is interested in reforms within the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
Logistics and Coordination
The USAID/DART U.N. Liaison officer (UNLO) reported that the U.N. and the Pakistani military have developed a long-term six-week transportation plan. The plan will be presented to the GOP for approval on October 25. Under this plan, all critical items such as shelter materials, emergency relief supplies, and food would be transported from Islamabad to Abbottabad primarily by truck. At Abbottabad, the Pakistani military and U.N. would establish a heavy lift capacity helicopter base. From Abbottabad, heavy helicopters would be used to move goods to four locations: Batagram, Naran, Muzaffarabad, and Chakothi. From these four locations, smaller helicopters would be used to transport items to villages at higher elevations and valleys.
18. The USAID/DART reports that as of October 24, the U.N. currently has 5 MI-8 helicopters in country, and they are
expecting 3 additional Chinook CH-47s in the next 24 hours. These Chinooks were provided by the U.K. Royal Air Force and
donated by the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) 19. On October 24, the USAID/DART team facilitated the
movement of excess U.S. military commodities to include 15,000 blankets to GOAL for distribution in Bagh, 43 tents to UNICEF, 1,536 sleeping bags and 840 cases of rations to Mercy Corps, and 107 cartons of medical supplies to WHO. Of the 43 tents, 22 will be transported to Muzaffarabad and 21 to Mansehra. These medium-sized tents will be used for schools.
20. The USAID/DART UNLO reported that UNHAS plans to schedule a meeting with militaries who have flight capacity in Pakistan. This includes the Pakistani, Japanese, German, American, and British militaries. The meeting will also include the U.N. and international organizations. The UNLO spoke to the Joint Task Force (JTF) Liaison Officer (LNO) at the Civil Military Coordination cell to request that the
U.S. military possibly play a role in the planning of this meeting.
21. The U.N. has three hubs in Mansehra, Muzaffarabad, and Bagh. One-thousand NATO troops will be arriving on October
24. This mixed battalion will include engineering and medical specialists, and they will be focusing on road infrastructure, latrines, and clearing land for temporary shelters and structures.
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