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Cablegate: Sudan Army Attacks Unamid Convoy

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OO RUEHGI RUEHMA RUEHROV
DE RUEHKH #0033 0091229
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 091229Z JAN 08
FM AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9679
INFO RUCNFUR/DARFUR COLLECTIVE
RHMFISS/CJTF HOA

UNCLAS KHARTOUM 000033

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPT FOR AF/SPG, S/CRS
DEPT PLS PASS USAID FOR AFR/SUDAN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL KPKO SOCI AU UNSC SU
SUBJECT: SUDAN ARMY ATTACKS UNAMID CONVOY

REF: 2007 KHARTOUM 2044

1. (SBU) On January 8, UNAMID claimed that Sudanese Armed Forces
(SAF) attacked a UNAMID 29-truck convoy on January 7 at
approximately 2200 near Tine, West Darfur located 125 kilometers
north of Geneina. UNAMID spokesmen Nourreddine Mezni told poloff on
January 9 that Joint Special Representative Rudolph Adada met with
Under-Secretary Mutriff Sidiqque on Janaury 8 about the attack.
Mezni said that the GoS made no apologies for the attack (nor did it
deny the attack) but agreed to a joint UN-GOS investigation into the
cause of the attack. Mezni said the investigation would start as
soon as possible. Mezni said that UNAMID Force Commander General
Martin Agwai is returning to El-Fasher today.

2. (SBU) In a January 8 press statement condemning the attack, the
UN claimed that the attack occurred approximately two kilometers
from Tine, when GoS forces fired small arms, RPGs and mortars at the
convoy hitting one of nine fuel tankers. Observers reported that
the 70-troop convoy protection force did not return fire and the
convoy arrived at Tine by 2300.

3. (SBU) Despite the obvious risk in sending overland convoys,
UNAMID had no choice but to re-supply its bases in West Darfur
following suspension of some air re-supply operations due to JEM
threats to shoot any aircraft from the skies over West Darfur
(reftel). UNAMID company sites at Umm Barro (190 personnel), Tine
(161) and Kulbus (244) had not re-supplied by air for almost two
weeks and were critically low on supplies. By January 2, the camps
had only a few days of food and fuel. Following one emergency
airlift of a four-day supply of rations, UNAMID began planning the
re-supply convoy by ground. Major General Karenzi, UNAMID Deputy
Force Commander, said that re-supply by ground was not only due to
the JEM threat, but also would show UNAMID action in the countryside
and would test UNAMID logistics capabilities to supply camps using
land convoys.

4. (SBU) UNAMID Chief of Staff Patrick Davidson-Houston told
fieldoff January 6 that UNAMID discussed the convoy operation with
locally-based GoS officials and field commanders in El Fasher, as
well with movement leaders.

5. (SUB) COMMENT: This incident highlights dramatically the dangers
faced by UNAMID in Darfur, and especially in West Darfur where
Chadian rebels are based. The convoy was operating at night,
communicating using Thuraya phones (not HF or VHF radios as would be
standard for most militaries), and may not have adequately
communicated its presence to GoS forces. The UNAMID spokesman
downplayed the significance of the UN Headquarter's condemnation of
the incident, and highlighted instead the GoS promise to investigate
the incident. However, this promise is a very common Sudanese
regime ploy - attack, expel, harass, destroy and then, in a show of
"flexibility," offer some sort of talks or negotiations.

6. (U) Tripoli minimize considered.

FERNANDEZ

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