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06ADDISABABA680
2006-03-08 15:46:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Addis Ababa
Cable title:  

AMIS RE-HAT: REPUBLIC OF CONGO NOTES SUDANESE

Tags:   KPKO  NATO  PREL  SU  AU 
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DE RUEHDS #0680 0671546
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 081546Z MAR 06
FM AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9456
INFO RUCNFUR/DARFUR COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS IMMEDIATE 2749
						C O N F I D E N T I A L ADDIS ABABA 000680 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR AF/SPG, D, IO/PSC

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/06/2016
TAGS: KPKO NATO PREL SU AU
SUBJECT: AMIS RE-HAT: REPUBLIC OF CONGO NOTES SUDANESE
FOREIGN MINISTER WILL BRIEF AFRICAN PERM REPS

REF: STATE 036548

Classified By: CHARGE D'AFFAIRES, A.I. JANET WILGUS. REASON: 1.4 (D).



1. (C) SUMMARY. Congo's foreign minister will attend the
March 10 PSC on AMIS transition, as well as a March 9
briefing in Addis Ababa (requested by the GNU) at which
Sudan's foreign minister will brief African Union Permanent
Representative Committee members. While acknowledging the
weakness of AMIS and the need for a transition period, Congo
will attend such meetings "without prejudice," and will act
according to undisclosed instructions from AU assembly chair
Congo President Sassou-Nguesso. Congo recommends engaging
Egypt, which it believes played a "helpful role" in
addressing Sudan's bid for AU chairmanship. Additional
information on specific USG support that may be provided
during such a transition period would be useful for PSC
members. END SUMMARY.



2. (C) Charge accompanied by deputy pol/econ counselor,
presented reftel points on March 8 to the Republic of Congo's
Ambassador to Ethiopia, Raymond Serge Bale, and to ROC
Minister Counselor Prosper Sica. Charge underscored the need
for the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) to
make a clear decision on the transition of the African Union
Mission in Sudan (AMIS) at its March 10 meeting, and noted
that AF A/S Frazer had been traveling in Libya. Charge also
noted that Sudan's objections to UN and NATO forces were
questionable, as both were already playing a role in Sudan.
She observed that the AU's February 15 consultative meeting
with partner (i.e., non-member state) countries had
recognized the achievements of AMIS and discussed maintaining
its African character. A transition from a short-term AMIS
would free AU resources to deploy to other areas of concern,
such as Comoros or the DRC, she said. While the USG was
building the AU's capacity, a more robust and experienced
peace-keeping force was needed. By better identifying
culpability for attacks, a UN mission could even help the GNU
avoid blame for attacks for which it was not responsible, she
said.



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SUDANESE FOREIGN MINISTER TO BRIEF PERM REPS MARCH 9


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3. (C) The Republic of Congo's foreign minister was traveling
to Addis Ababa on March 9 from Paris, Amb. Bale said, adding
that the PSC was a "matter of high importance" for the ROC,
as AU chair. Amb. Bale said that he had met with Sudan's
charge in Addis Ababa on March 7, and that Sudan's foreign
minister would brief members of the AU's Permanent
Representatives Committee on March 9, a meeting that had been
requested by the GNU. Congo would attend the meeting
"without prejudice," he said. He noted that the GNU would
host Arab League members on March 21.



4. (C) Amb. Bale said that Charge's points echoed those made
by AU Commission Chairman Konare in his report to the PSC,
namely that a more experienced force was needed in Darfur.
While that could include troops under UN auspices, it was up
to individual countries to contribute troops, he said.
Noting "a lot of elements in favor of this transfer," Amb.
Bale said that Congo was aware of the "weakness" of AMIS and
acknowledged it may be time to pass responsibility to the UN.
"We are for a transition period," he said, (which would last
six to nine months) so long as it received financial support.
On the other hand, he said, Congo's foreign minister would
act according to instructions from ROC President
Sassou-Nguesso.



5. (C) Amb. Bale recommended engaging Egypt, which he said
played a helpful role at the AU summit in Khartoum in
addressing Sudan's bid for AU assembly chairmanship.



6. (C) Amb. Bale requested information on the type of support
the USG would provide during transition. Charge responded
that this had been discussed at the February 15 consultative
meeting. She underscored that ad hoc funding for AMIS could
not continue; funds to strengthen and equip AMIS further
would be possible only if there an end-state for the mission.
Amb. Bale noted that the GNU was seeking USD160 million from
non-Western donors to boost AMIS, although its monthly cost
was far more. "Funding is an issue, but not the only issue,"
he said.
WILGUS