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08YAOUNDE204
2008-03-03 09:06:00
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Embassy Yaounde
Cable title:  

Task Force Cameroon-01: SITREP 1

Tags:   AEMR  ASEC  CASC  AMGT  KFLO  KSAC  MARR  PHUM  PINR  PGOV 
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OO RUCNESB RUEHMA
DE RUEHYD #0204 0630906
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 030906Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY YAOUNDE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8639
RUEHUJA/AMEMBASSY ABUJA 1369
RUEHLC/AMEMBASSY LIBREVILLE 1616
RUEHMA/AMEMBASSY MALABO 0278
RUEHOS/AMCONSUL LAGOS 0438
RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE
RHMFISS/HQ USAFRICOM STUTTGART GE
RUCNESB/USDEL FEST TWO 0018
						UNCLAS YAOUNDE 000204 

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR TF-1, DS/IP/AF, DS/IP/ITA, DS/OSAC, AF/C, DS/DSS/CC

SENSITIVE

SIPDIS

E.O. 12598: N/A
TAGS: AEMR ASEC CASC AMGT KFLO KSAC MARR PHUM PINR PGOV
PREL, KPAO, CM

SUBJECT: Task Force Cameroon-01: SITREP 1

Ref: (A) Yaounde 0121 (B) Yaounde 0182 (C) Yaounde 0191 (D) Yaounde
0192



1. (U) Embassy Yaounde EAC met at 08:30 local time on February
29 to discuss the security situation in Cameroon. In attendance
were AMB, DCM, RSO, DAO, POL/ECON, MGT, PA, CONS, and Peace Corps.

"Enforced calm" throughout most of Cameroon


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2. (U) Overnight and into the morning of February 29, the cities of
Douala and Yaounde remained in a state of "enforced calm." Taxis
have returned to the streets of Yaounde, though not in full force.
In Douala, most local businesses that cater to the general
population remain closed and there are fewer taxis on the streets.
In Yaounde some stores, banks, and schools are open. The American
Schools remain closed in both cities. There are still several areas
in the country where tensions remain high; these are mainly located
in the West and Northwest provinces.



3. (U) The airports in Yaounde and Douala remain open, with
sufficient fuel supply for scheduled flights to operate throughout
the weekend. The Peace Corps main office in Yaounde reopened on
February 29 and all Peace Corps staff and Volunteers are safe.



4. (U) As of 06:30 on February 29, the two separate
French-organized convoys are en route to Yaounde, one from Bamenda
via the West, and one from the Southwest via Douala. Both are
traveling with Cameroonian military escorts and both include various
diplomats and expatriates, including official and private Americans.
Post has remained in close contact with the Embassy officers in
these motorcades.

Embassy Actions


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5. (U) The Embassy is issuing a security notice requiring official
Americans to restrict their travel to daylight hours, reminding them
of no inter-city travel and the need to limit unnecessary outings.
Because the next few days include numerous unknowns, the Embassy
will enforce this policy throughout the weekend.



6. (U) The Embassy will maintain task force staffing throughout the
weekend, to include the control room already operating in the
Consular section. Contact information on key Embassy personnel has
been emailed to TF-1. The Embassy Branch Office in Douala remains
closed, and the Director remains in his residence; he reports that
he has been able to purchase food and gas and that his neighborhood
is quiet. Ambassador will address the Embassy staff in another Town
Hall meeting on February 29.



7. (U) Embassy classified email remains down. Classified intranet
is accessible, as is cable traffic.



8. (SBU) Comment. The current calm in Yaounde, Douala, and
elsewhere prevails only because of the massive and unprecedented
military presence. Every military unit in the country has been
mobilized, and some have moved from volatile areas in Cameroon's
east to Yaounde and other hot spots. Government officials "ordered"
taxi operators to resume operations and shopkeepers to reopen their
shops. There is an opposition rally planned for Douala on March 1;
we expect the government to clamp down forcefully to prevent any
trouble growing out of this or other potential demonstrations
elsewhere.


GARVEY