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Cablegate: Response: Sudan - Supporting the Tdra

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 KHARTOUM 000697

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DEPARTMENT FOR AF A/S FRAZER, AF S/E NATSIOS, AND AF/SPG
NSC FOR PITTMAN AND SHORTLEY
ADDIS ABABA ALSO FOR USAU

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PHUM EAID SU AU
SUBJECT: RESPONSE: SUDAN - SUPPORTING THE TDRA

REF: A. SECSTATE 58734

B. KHARTOUM 00409
C. KHARTOUM 00228

1. (SBU) Senior Assistant to the President and Sudan
Liberation Movement (SLM) leader Minni Minawi is traveling in
Darfur to inaugurate the Transitional Darfur Regional
Authority (TDRA). His earliest expected return date to
Khartoum is May 6. Per Ref. A, Post will contact Minawi upon
his return and report septel.

2. (SBU) In a May 2 conversation with Poloff, a member of
Minawi's inner circle discussed the status of appointments to
the TDRA and proposed methods for USG support. He emphasized
that the SLM could benefit from political, communications,
and financial/management advisors. Strengthening the
capacity of the SLM in these areas, he said, would facilitate
the proper establishment of the TDRA and reduce the
likelihood of assistance going to those elements of the TDRA
that do not share the SLM's goals. Minawi's advisor said
that the current infrastructure for the TDRA headquarters in
Khartoum -- provided by the Sudanese Government -- was
adequate. He noted that Minawi would be well-placed to
identify the infrastructure needs of the TDRA offices in the
three Darfur states after his return to Khartoum.

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Security Arrangements
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3. (SBU) According to Minawi's advisor, the chairmen of five
out of six TDRA commissions have been nominated or appointed.
The National Congress Party (NCP) appointed Sudan Armed
Forces (SAF) General Al Dabi to chair the Security
Arrangements Commission, which the SLM is protesting. The
movement is also opposed to some proposed appointments to the
"council" of the Security Commission, which should consist of
the following: three representatives from the Darfur rebel
movements (not yet nominated); one representative from the
NCP (not yet nominated); one representative from the African
Union (AU) (not yet nominated); the head of the Security
Advisory Team (SAT) (not yet nominated); the governors of the
three Darfur states (appointed over SLM opposition); and a
representative from the National Commission for
Demobilization, Disarmament and Reintegration, established
under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). On technical
grounds, the SLM has objected to the NCP's nominee for the
last post, who was chosen from the Northern sub-commission of
the overall body. Minawi's advisor underscored the
importance of ensuring that a suitable, Western general is
appointed to head the SAT in the near future and requested
USG assistance on this issue (Ref. B).

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Land, Resettlement/Rehabilitation, DRDF
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4. (SBU) The NCP and the SLM have agreed on the chair of the
Land Commission, SLM political leader Abdulrahman Adam.
However, the NCP announced the appointments to the three
state land commissions before Adam's nomination and without
his input. Ibrahim Madibbo, a signatory to the Declaration
of Commitment (DoC), assumed the chairmanship of the
Resettlement and Rehabilitation Commission. Though the SLM
had supported his nomination as the governor of South Darfur,
they view his chairmanship of this commission to be
ineffectual because he is a Rizeigat (Ref. C). The NCP and
the SLM agreed to the appointment of SLM member Abdulkabar
Dousa to chair the Darfur Reconstruction and Development Fund
(DRDF), though agreement has not been reached on the
composition of the "council" to advise him. The main
sticking point is the member representing the Ministry of
Finance.

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Compensation, Peace/Reconciliation
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5. (SBU) The SLM nominated Abdulhafiz Mustapha, a Masaleit
member of the movement, to chair the Compensation Commission.
After rejecting Mustapha's nomination on the grounds that
the chairman should be "neutral," the NCP nominated Ali
Hassan Tajeldin, a member of the break-away Umma Party
faction that is included in the Government of National Unity
(GNU) and a former advisor to President Bashir. The SLM
opposes this nomination. Appointments to the Peace and
Reconciliation Commission are on hold pending the start of

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the Darfur Darfur Dialogue and Consultation (DDDC). The SLM
asserts that the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) non-signatories
must be brought to the agreement, and thus accorded
participation in this commission, before its inauguration.

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Federal Appointments
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6. (SBU) The two state minister slots allocated to
signatories of the DPA have assumed their positions: DoC
signatory Abdulrahman Musa as State Minister of Cabinet
Affairs and SLM Secretary General Mustapha Tirab as State
Minister of Federal Government. According to Minawi's
advisor, Musa has lost legitimacy among his own supporters,
who believe the NCP has co-opted him. The NCP considers
Presidential Advisor Abdullah Masar, who hails from Darfur
and held the post prior to the DPA, as the Darfurian advisor
-- a formulation that the SLM rejects. The SLM plans to
reserve the federal minister slot for Darfur to accommodate
the DPA non-signatories.

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State Governors
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7. (SBU) Yousef Kibir and Al Hajj Attal Mannan, both NCP
members, remain in their posts as the governors of North and
South Darfur, respectively. Though the deputy governors
should come from the Darfur rebel movements, the NCP has
moved to appoint a second NCP deputy as well in each state.
DoC signatory Abdulgassem Imam, considered a tool of the NCP,
assumed the governorship of West Darfur in early 2007.
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