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04KINSHASA2170
2004-11-29 07:52:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Kinshasa
Cable title:  

CONGOLESE READOUT ON KABILA-KAGAME MEETING

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						C O N F I D E N T I A L KINSHASA 002170 

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/29/2014
TAGS: PGOV PREL MOPS KPKO CG
SUBJECT: CONGOLESE READOUT ON KABILA-KAGAME MEETING

REF: KIGALI 01586

Classified By: PolCouns MSanderson, reasons 1.4 b/d.



1. (C) Senior Presidential Advisor Augustin Katumba called
PolCouns November 27 to provide a readout of the meeting
between Presidents Kabila and Kagame, facilitated by
President Obasanjo. Largely agreeing in substance with
Rwandan readout (reftel), Katumba mentioned Kagame's proposal
to either dispatch Rwandan troops directly to deal with the
situation, or to have Rwandan troops play some sort of role
in a joint mission with Congolese military. The tone in
which the Ouagadougou meeting was portrayed by Katumba was
striking, however. Katumba said Kagame had come to the
meeting with his mind already made up that Rwanda would
invade the Congo; that Kagame was "bullying," "patronizing"
and disrespectful to Kabila; that Kagame was not open to
proposals from Kabila involving MONUC operations -- and
questioned rhetorically how anyone could have expected a
positive outcome. Katumba said the meeting ended
inconclusively, with Kagame saying he would consult other
international partners but that a solution needed to be found
quickly. Katumba's closing remark was that if the matter was
so urgent, Rwanda should have dealt directly with eliminating
the "scourge" of the FDLR when it was in "sole charge" of the
eastern part of the Congo.



2. (C) Comment: Katumba's readout, and especially the tone
in which it was conveyed, exemplify the problem with the
hardliners to which Kabila referred. Katumba, and others
like him, could indeed topple the transition - and possibly
plot against Kabila himself - should Kabila be seen to be
capitulating to the Rwandans, which is how a cooperative
effort would be viewed. We believe a South African military
effort, however, whether directly or in some sort of
cooperation with MONUC and the Congolese, would be much more
palatable, if it indeed is feasible.
MEECE