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Cablegate: Chad: Update On Eufor/Minurcat in Chad

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SUBJECT: CHAD: UPDATE ON EUFOR/MINURCAT IN CHAD

REF: 07 NDJAMENA 942

1. (SBU) Summary. Chadian Foreign Minister Allam-mi told
diplomats January 16 that Chad welcomed EUFOR/MINURCAT for
the development dividend that the force was expected to bring
and stressed that the force had "no hidden agenda to
destabilize a neighbor." Although Allam-mi assured diplomats
that Chad was fully in control of its eastern territory, it
is generally assumed that Chadian rebels see a fast-closing
window of opportunity, and will try to gain a foothold in
Chad before the EUFOR deployment. End Summary.

2. (U) Preparations are moving forward for the deployment of
the European Force (EUFOR)/UN Mission for Chad and the
Central African Republic (MINURCAT) now that additional
European contributions (including a sizable plus-up from
France) have filled the logistical and resource gaps. On
January 16 DCM attended a meeting hosted by Chadian Foreign
Minister Allam-mi in which he announced that the Government
of Chad was ready to sign the EUFOR agreement with the
European Commission (represented by Germany as current EU
President in Chad).

3. (U) Foreign Minister Allam-mi thanked France and the
European partners for their support and promised to
accelerate efforts to ensure EUFOR deployment. He stressed
that the mission was strictly to provide security to refugees
and internally displace persons (IDPs). EUFOR/MINURCAT had
"no hidden agenda to destabilize a neighbor." Allam-mi
insisted that Chad was in full control of the eastern region.
Nonetheless, Chad had accepted EUFOR in order to accommodate
the wishes of the international community and on the
understanding that it would provide a kick-start for
development in the east through building of roads, clinics,
schools and wells. Allam-mi explained that the force would
expire in one year and that Chad would do everything possible
to demonstrate that it was master of the security situation
so that there would be no follow-on UN force.

4. (U) Foreign Minister Allam-mi announced that the
President's Counselor for International Relations, Youssef
Saleh Abbas would be the GOC's Special Representative to
EUFOR. An inter-ministerial coordinating body (French
acronym CONIFAT) has been set up support and coordinate GOC
actions on behalf of EUFOR. CONIFAT will include military,
security, territorial administration, humanitarian assistance
and development committees. Regional and sub-regional
delegates will be stationed in 14 locations (for the most
part co-located with EUFOR in eastern Chad) to oversee the
"elaboration and execution" of development projects. The
regional delegates also have broad authority to coordinate
the international and national NGO's and international
organizations on the ground.

5. (SBU) Ambassador and DCM met with OCHA Deputy Fatma Diouf
and OCHA's new Civil/Military Liaison Officer Sophie-Marie
Reck on January 17. Diouf acknowledged that CONIFAT was very
much about demonstrating Chadian "sovereignty;" she hoped
that it would not slow down work by adding another layer of
bureaucracy. Reck explained that humanitarian workers were
concerned about maintaining their neutrality and about the
possible blurring of roles if the military started performing
humanitarian work. (Note: A distinction is made between
"development work," such as building wells and clinics, and
"humanitarian", which is considered to be provision of
live-saving services such as food and shelter. End note).
Reck's job is to work with humanitarian actors and EUFOR so
that roles and responsibilities are understood and
maintained. She said that she had spoken with EUFOR head
Nash and he fully respected the different spheres of action.
According to Diouf, EUFOR deployment will start in Abeche and
move south initially. Initial operating capability (IOC) is
expected by end-February/beginning March. MINURCAT will
deploy at least thirty days after EUFOR deployment.

Comment:

6. (SBU) The three major Chadian rebel groups in Sudan
announced shortly before Christmas via opposition web-site
Al-Wihda that they had finally achieved a unified military
command. It is generally believed that they will seek to
establish a foothold in eastern Chad before the deployment of
EUFOR/MINURCAT renders their advance more difficult.
NIGRO

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