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Cablegate: Goss Letter to Secretary Rice Requesting Individual

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P 161542Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0224

UNCLAS KHARTOUM 000391

SIPDIS

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TAGS: PGOV PREL ECON SU
SUBJECT: GOSS LETTER TO SECRETARY RICE REQUESTING INDIVIDUAL
EXEMPTIONS FROM GNU SANCTIONS


1. The text of the enclosed document was recently passed to poloff
in Juba, though the letter is not dated. Original will be passed to
Jason Small when he visits Juba next week.

2. Begin text: Government of Southern Sudan, (GOSS)
Office of the President

H.E. Dr. Condoleezza Rice,
U.S. Secretary of State,
Department of State,
Washington, D.C.,
United States of America

Dear Mme Secretary,

Ref: Exemption of SPLM Officials from U.S. Sanctions

Let me first convey to you my very best wishes for the New Year
2008, hoping that it will be a year of peace and tranquility, though
this is not easy in the tumultuous world we live in. However, as far
as Sudan is concerned, I wish to reiterate what I have told you in
Washington late last year that we are committed to the consolidation
of peace ushered in by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), as
well as putting an end to the war in Darfur. That war shames us all
and consequently we shall leave no stone unturned till we bring
peace to Darfur.

Having put to rights the crisis we have gone through with the NCP
and, without lowering our guard, we are now focusing on bringing
together leaders of the different Darfurian factions so that they
speak at the peace forum with one voice. We know and appreciate, Mme
Secretary, what the U.S. Government, under the able leadership of

SIPDIS
President Bush, has invested in Sudan's Peace, especially the CPA
and the Abuja Agreement.

I am also seizing this opportunity to bring to your attention a
problem faced by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM)
political officials who serve in the Government of National Unity
(GONU). In view of the Executive Order prohibiting transactions with
that Government, including its senior officials, the U.S. Treasury
has ordered all Banks (including the majority of leading non - U.S.
Banks in Europe) to close accounts of individuals belonging to Sudan
Government. That has affected the interest of some of our SPLM
ministers serving in GONU. However, the same Executive Order
exempted activities or related transactions with respect to Southern
Sudan, Southern Kordofan/Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile State, and Abyei
Area. The definition of those areas, for the purposes of the
Executive Order, is left to your good self, in consultation with the
U.S. Treasury.

Equally, I wish to recall the provision in Public Law 109-344 (109th
Congress) of October 13th, 2006, which defined in section 2 para. 6
'Officials of the Government of Sudan - The term "official of the
Government of Sudan" does not include any individual(A) who was not
a member of such government before July 1, 2005; or ( B) who is a
member of the regional government of Southern Sudan' (end of
quote).

I am, therefore, appealing to you Mme Secretary to consider ways and
means of shielding our SPLM senior political officials serving in
GONU as per the CPA. Many of those officials, who were either living
abroad or serving in international organizations, have accounts in
foreign banks. Of late, some of those banks, at the behest of the
U.S. Treasury, were indiscriminately asked to close accounts of all
GONU officials. That regrettably, included accounts of SPLM
ministers despite the exemption referred to above. I am, therefore,
enclosing herewith the names of those SPLM officials affected.

Please accept, Mme Secretary, my thanks and highest consideration.

Yours Sincerely,
Salva Kiir Mayardit
Chairman of the SPLM,
First Vice President of the Republic of the Sudan,
President of GOSS,
Juba, Southern Sudan,
Republic of the Sudan

Enclosure: List of SPLM Senior Officials serving in GONU.

List of SPLM Officials in GONU

1. Mansour Khalld
2. Andrew Makur Thou
3. Harun Ruun Lual
4. William Ajal Deng
5. Abdel Aziz Adam AI-Hilu
6. Atem Garang Deng De Kuek

7. Yasir Said Arman
8. Pagan Amum Okiech
9. Deng Alor Kuol
10. Malik Aggar Eyre
11. Kosti Manibe
12. James Kok Ruea
13. George Bureng Nyombe
14. Daniel Kodi Angelo
15. Thabita Boutrus Shokai
16. Ismail Khamis Jallab
17. Angelina Thomas Teny
18. Lual Acuek Lual Deng
19. Elias Nyamlel Wakoson
20. Mohamed Yousif Ahmed
21. Philip Thon Lek
22. Obuch Ujwok
23. Joseph Lual Acuil
24. Wek Mameer Kuol
25. Paul Marial Dot
End Text.

FERNANDEZ

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