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Cablegate: Darfur: Cairo-Based Rebels On National Census

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DE RUEHEG #0607 0871253
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 271253Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY CAIRO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8696
INFO RUCNFUR/DARFUR COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS CAIRO 000607

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR AF/SPG, NEA/ELA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV SOCI UNSC KDEM EG SU
SUBJECT: DARFUR: CAIRO-BASED REBELS ON NATIONAL CENSUS

REF: A. SECSTATE 30003
B. 2007 CAIRO 2867

Sensitive but unclassified, not for Internet distribution.

1. (SBU) In a March 26 meeting, we asked Alaa El Din Ibrahim
and Abdallah Ali, Political and Media Secretaries of the
Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) Abdulwahid Nur
faction, respectively, to encourage Nur supporters in Darfur,
and particularly in the internally displaced persons (IDP)
camps, to refrain from violence in the upcoming Sudanese
census per ref A demarche. Ibrahim and Ali noted that the
SLM/A Nur faction is opposed to the census, as it is a "tool"
that the GOS will use to cement its control over Darfur.
However, they said that SLM/A Nur has placed a moratorium on
violence since the Darfur Peace Agreement negotiations in
Abuja in 2006, in the hopes of fostering a better
understanding between the rebel factions and international
powers, particularly the U.S. They were not planning to
break this moratorium due to the census, they said.

2. (SBU) On March 27 we delivered the same message to
Siddique Ander and Osama Mohamed El Hassan, President and
Secretary General, respectively, of the Democratic Popular

SIPDIS
Front (DPF). They responded that, although the DPF supports
the census in principle, in practice it will be flawed and
lack transparency. The DPF has learned to expect an attack
any time the GOS enters areas held by the DPF, they said, and
thus they could not rule out violent resistance to any GOS
attempts to carry out the census in those areas. However,
the DPF and its supports might not resist if the census is
carried out by an international third party, such as the UN,
they continued.

3. (SBU) Ander and Hassan repeated their previous entreaties
for the USG to recognize the DPF as an "important player" in
Darfur (ref B). Ander and Hassan boasted that the DPF is
stronger even than the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM)
and "can easily control Khalil." They requested contact
between the Department in Washington and the DPF's
representative in Philadelphia Mr. Jalal Adeela (phone
numbers: 2-016-257-9785, 267939731). When asked, they
responded that Adeela had not attempted to contact the
Department himself.

4. (SBU) Note: We have so far been unable to contact JEM's
Cairo representatives, but will continue to try to do so.
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