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05KINSHASA735
2005-05-02 16:37:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Kinshasa
Cable title:  

FDLR PRESIDENT MURWANASHYAKA IN CONGO

Tags:   PGOV  PREL  KPKO  CG 
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L KINSHASA 000735 

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/02/2015
TAGS: PGOV PREL KPKO CG
SUBJECT: FDLR PRESIDENT MURWANASHYAKA IN CONGO

REF: A. KINSHASA 356

B. KINSHASA 701

Classified By: CDA TDougherty, reasons 1/4 b/d.



1. (SBU) FDLR President Dr. Ignace Murwanashyaka arrived in
Kinshasa from Europe the evening of April 28 with the
apparent objective of setting into motion steps that will
lead to the repatriation of FDLR members and their families
to Rwanda. Murwanashyaka met with GDRC officials on April
29, and at the working level with MONUC the following day.



2. (SBU) Murwanashyaka is likely to remain in Kinshasa until
May 4-5 before traveling to Bukavu. He is considering
meeting with the press this week to announce next steps in
the San Egidio-brokered plan for the return of FDLR members
and their families to Rwanda (reftel A).



3. (U) MONUC has initiated preparations for a major
repatriation of Rwandan combatants and their dependents from
North and South Kivu. Six temporary assembly area sites are
being established (in Lubero, Sake, Hombo, Walungu, Sange,
and Kanyabayonga), and a military warning order has been
issued to ensure the security of the operations. MONUC
envisages the possibility that about 10,000 Congolese
dependents may enter the temporary assembly areas but not
wish to proceed into Rwanda, and has taken steps to alert
humanitarian agencies. MONUC will request the FDLR to
organize combatants and their dependents to come in according
to pre-established waves so that about 300 persons a day can
be processed. The combatants will be disarmed, registered,
fed, and pass one night in the camp before being repatriated
the following day.



4. (C) Murwanashyaka has said nothing to MONUC or to any GDRC
officials with whom we have talked about international
monitors, whether through the formal structure of a "Comite
de Suivi" as proposed in Rome (reftel A) and rejected by
Rwanda, or more informally through the Tripartite as agreed
to by the DRC and Rwanda at the Lubumbashi Tripartite
ministerial on April 21 (reftel B). That said, we should be
prepared to respond expeditiously in the event repatriations
actually begin and the Tripartite is asked to supply
observers.



5. (C) After weeks of no movement whatsoever since the March
31 FDLR declaration in Rome, Murwanashyaka's visit can only
be viewed as an encouraging step. The real question is
whether he can actually deliver FDLR combatants in the field,
and that is the reason for his trip to the Kivus later this
week. From what we have heard about Murwanashyaka's meetings
(and we do not intend to meet with him ourselves), it is by
no means clear at this point that the rank and file are
necessarily prepared to line up behind him.
DOUGHERTY