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00KINSHASA8008
2000-11-29 14:30:00
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Embassy Kinshasa
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(DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO): 2000 ANNUAL

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R 291430Z NOV 00
FM AMEMBASSY KINSHASA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 8343
						
					
UNCLAS KINSHASA 008008 S/CT FOR REAP E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PTER PGOV PREL CG SUBJECT: (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO): 2000 ANNUAL TERRORISM REPORT REF: STATE 217248 THE FOLLOWING RESPONSES ARE KEYED TO QUESTIONS IN PARA 3 OF REFTEL: ¶A. DURING 2000, THE EMBASSY IS UNAWARE OF ANY ACTS OF TERRORISM THAT OCCURRED IN THE GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED AREA OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC). IN BUKAVU, SOUTH KIVU, THERE WAS A GRENADE ATTACK AT A CROWDED FESTIVAL DOWNTOWN THAT KILLED SEVEN PEOPLE AND WOUNDED OVER 100 ON AUGUST 26. THE RCD-GOMA REBEL GROUP -- WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY RWANDA -- IMMEDIATELY BLAMED THE INTERAHAMWE FOR THE ATTACK. THERE WERE RUMORS IN BUKAVU THAT THE RWANDAN MILITARY WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTACK. IT IS UNKNOWN WHETHER THE RCD-GOMA AUTHORITIES CONDUCTED A CONCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION; EMBASSY IS UNAWARE OF ARRESTS OR PROSECUTIONS IN THIS CASE. ¶B. THE GOVERNMENT NEITHER EXTRADITED NOR REQUESTED THE EXTRADITION OF KNOWN TERRORISTS. ¶C. THE RULE OF LAW IS ABSENT THROUGHOUT CONGO AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM FUNCTIONS ARBITRARILY, IF AT ALL. THE ALREADY DECIMATED LEGAL INFRASTRUCTURE HAS BEEN REDUCED TO ALMOST NOTHING DURING THE WAR WHICH BEGAN IN 1998. THE MILITARY COURT CONTINUES TO TRY CIVIL CASES. ¶D. THE GDRC MADE NO STATEMENTS IN 2000 REGARDING TERRORIST INCIDENTS. ¶E. THE GDRC MADE NO MAJOR COUNTER-TERRORISM EFFORTS IN 2000. ¶F. THE GDRC DOES NOT SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST GROUPS. ¶G. THE GDRC HAS NOT MADE PUBLIC STATEMENTS IN SUPPORT OF TERRORIST-SUPPORTING COUNTRIES ON THE SUBJECT OF TERRORISM. THE GDRC DOES HAVE DIPLOMATIC TIES TO CUBA, IRAN, LIBYA, NORTH KOREA AND SUDAN. ¶H. THERE HAS BEEN NO CHANGE IN THE GDRC'S ATTITUDE TOWARD TERRORISM. ¶I. N/A ¶J. N/A ¶K. SINCE THE 1998 BOMBINGS IN NAIROBI AND DAR ES SALAAM, THE EMBASSY HAS ASKED PERMISSION FROM THE GDRC TO CLOSE THE ROAD IN FRONT OF THE CHANCERY TO INCREASE OUR SETBACK. WHILE THE GDRC HAS AGREED IN PRINCIPLE, WE HAVE THUS FAR BEEN UNABLE TO OBTAIN OFFICIAL AUTHORIZATION TO DIVERT AND CLOSE THE ROAD. SWING