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Cablegate: Sudanese Fonmin On Special Envoy Non-Paper and Congressman

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DE RUEHKH #0314 0631512
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 031512Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0094
INFO RUCNIAD/IGAD COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS KHARTOUM 000314

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR SE WILLIAMSON AND AF/SPG
NSC FOR HUDSON AND PITTMAN
ADDIS ABABA FOR USAU

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958:N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV KDEM MARR SU
SUBJECT: SUDANESE FONMIN ON SPECIAL ENVOY NON-PAPER AND CONGRESSMAN
PAYNE MEETING


1. (SBU) FOREIGN MINISTER DENG ALOR TOLD CONGEN JUBA STAFF ON MARCH
1 THAT PRESIDENT BASHIR'S MEETING WITH SPECIAL ENVOY WILLIAMSON WENT
"EXTREMELY WELL," AND THAT ALOR EXPECTED POSITIVE FORWARD MOVEMENT.
ALOR CLAIMED THAT BASHIR HAD NOTED IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING THAT
"ONLY A MAD MAN DEFIES THE UNITED STATES." WHILE CONCEDING WITH A
LAUGH THAT BASHIR HAS SAID THIS QUITE CONSISTENTLY IN THE PAST, DENG
AFFIRMED "WE (GNU) WILL BE ESTABLISHING A JOINT IMPLEMENTATION
COMMITTEE TO STUDY AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE PAPER." IT WILL
BE STAFFED WITH TECHNICAL EXPERTS AND POLITICIANS, "AND THE SPLM
WILL BE REPRESENTED ON ALL ISSUES - OBVIOUSLY ON ABYEI AND
PARTICULARLY ON DARFUR." ALOR RETURNS TO KHARTOUM ON MARCH 3 TO
CHAIR THE INAUGURAL COMMITTEE MEETING AND RETURN WITH
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM FIRST VICE PRESIDENT SALVA KIIR MAYARDIT.

2. (SBU) THAT SAME EVENING, ALOR TOLD CONSUL GENERAL DATTA OF A
FEBRUARY 14 MEETING IN WASHINGTON HE HAD WITH U.S. CONGRESSMAN
DONALD PAYNE THAT INCLUDED PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR MUSTAFA OTHMAN
ISMAIL. ACCORDING TO ALOR, PAYNE TOLD ISMAIL THAT HE WAS ONLY
SEEING ISMAIL AT ALOR'S REQUEST, AND THEN REPORTEDLY ADDED POINTEDLY
THAT THE NCP "IS NOT TRUSTED." FURTHER, A CHANGE OF ADMINISTRATION
WOULD LIKELY MEAN THAT HE, PAYNE, WOULD HAVE DIRECT ACCESS TO THE
WHITE HOUSE IN THE FUTURE, AND THAT WITH A PHONE CALL HE COULD GO
SEE THE PRESIDENT AND TELL HIM "TO HIT SUDAN AGAIN," REFERRING TO
WHAT HAD HAPPENED UNDER THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. ALOR SAID
ISMAIL RELATED THIS TO BASHIR IN ALOR'S PRESENCE UPON THEIR RETURN
TO KHARTOUM, BUT THE CONVERSATION WAS INTERRUPTED BEFORE ALOR WAS
ABLE TO GAUGE BASHIR'S REACTION.

3. (SBU) COMMENT: ALOR WAS CLEARLY QUITE PLEASED BY THE SE
WILLIAMSON VISIT AND VISIBLY RELAXED BY ITS OUTCOME. ALOR HAS
COMPLAINED TO CONGEN STAFF IN THE PAST ABOUT BEING UNHAPPY WITH VICE
PRESIDENT KIIR'S DECISION TO MAKE HIM FOREIGN MINISTER, AND INFORMED
SOURCES TOLD CONGEN POLOFF THAT ALOR WAS "FRANTIC" IN THE DAYS
LEADING UP TO HIS INAUGURAL VISIT TO WASHINGTON, HAVING RECEIVED NO
INSTRUCTIONS FROM KIIR. (NOTE: KIIR DID MEET WITH ALOR 48 HOURS
BEFORE ALOR BOARDED A PLANE AND 24 HOURS BEFORE THE MEETING WITH
BASHIR, TAHA, ISMAIL, AND KIIR. END NOTE.) WORRIED HE WAS BEING
PLACED IN A POSITION THAT WOULD DAMAGE HIS STANDING IN THE SPLM, HIS
OWN MEETINGS IN KHARTOUM AND READOUTS ABOUT THE SE'S VISIT TO JUBA
APPEAR TO HAVE STRENGTHENED ALOR'S HAND AND HEART.

FERNANDEZ

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