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04ABUJA1240
2004-07-15 11:19:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Abuja
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DARFUR DEPLOYMENT PLANS; SEPT 15 BAKASSI

Tags:   PREL  PHUM  MOPS  SU  AU  CM  NI  DARFUR 
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L ABUJA 001240 

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/15/2014
TAGS: PREL PHUM MOPS SU AU CM NI DARFUR
SUBJECT: DARFUR DEPLOYMENT PLANS; SEPT 15 BAKASSI
WITHDRAWAL NOT SET IN STONE

REF: A. ABUJA 1231


B. ABUJA 1218

C. ABUJA 1170

D. ABUJA 1169

E. ABUJA 914

F. ABUJA 92

Classified By: DCM RICK ROBERTS FOR REASONS 1.5 (B) AND (D).



1. (C) SUMMARY: Media reports from July 11 and 12 indicate
that during a July 10 meeting with Cross Rivers state
Governor Donald Duke, Minister of Defense Rabiu Kwankwaso
said the Nigerian military had begun a gradual withdrawal
from the Bakassi and planned to hand over disputed territory
to Cameroon by September 15. Further media reporting has
indicated that units currently based in the Bakassi would
soon be deployed to Darfur. These reports conflict with
previous Mission reporting and we have not been able to
verify their accuracy. END SUMMARY.



2. (C) During a July 10 meeting with Cross Rivers Governor
Donald Duke, Minister of Defense Rabiu Kwankwaso told members
of the media that the Nigerian military had begun a gradual
withdrawal from the Bakassi and the GON planned to hand over
disputed territory to Cameroon by September 15. Previous
Mission reporting (REF C-F) has indicated that this is
unlikely. In May, the Chief of Defense Intelligence (CDI)
(REF E) told DATT that withdrawing the military from the
Bakassi would destabilize the region and that the GON was
committed to achieving a political solution through the
Nigeria-Cameroon Mixed Commission even if that conflicted
with the ICJ's October 2002 ruling on the dispute. The CDI's
comments have been reaffirmed by other senior military
interlocutors earlier this month (REF C).



3. (C) As reported previously (REF A-B), the GON plans to
send a 165-man protection force to Darfur, however, it has
not yet identified a unit to participate in a larger AU
peacekeeping force. Previous reporting (REF D) also
indicates that it is unlikely any units from the Bakassi
would be deployed to Sudan.



4. (C) COMMENT: Despite Kwankwaso's comments to the media,
all indications are that the GON will not comply with the
September 15 handover date and the Nigerian military plans to
stay in the Bakassi for the forseeable future. END COMMENT
CAMPBELL