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Cablegate: Wfp Reports That Darfur Convoys Are Moving

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SUBJECT: WFP REPORTS THAT DARFUR CONVOYS ARE MOVING

1. (SBU) WFP food convoys to Darfur are now moving in greater
numbers thanks to a new contract signed with the trucking companies,
WFP Representative Kenro Oshidari told polchief May 21. The
contract increases substantially the rate provided to the companies,
and imposes a penalty for non-delivery regardless of theft due to
banditry along the routes. Oshidari said that WFP is putting the
onus on the companies themselves, who are very well connected with
the Sudanese regime, to perform and to coordinate security with the
GOS. Oshidari implied that the trucking companies may also make
"arrangements" for a safe journey with parties along the way, but
said officially WFP does not acknowledge this practice.

2. (SBU) The three primary trucking companies (one of which is the
Nifeidi Group, which sold the US Embassy the land for the NEC) met
with the Chief of Police in Khartoum may 20 to coordinate security
for the convoys. (Note: Oshidari stated that security coordination
is conducted directly between the trucking companies and the police,
and does not involve WFP at the operational level. End note.)
Although there have been only two or three escorts provided each
week over the last few weeks (three per week is almost once every 48
hours), the Police Chief reportedly promised the companies that
security escorts would be provided once every 48 hours starting
Sunday May 25, and might even be increased to once every 24 hours.
The two routes that the police promised to provide escorts for are
the Nyala-El Fasher route and the Obeid-El Fasher route. Oshidari
noted that sometimes convoys are attacked by bandits even when there
is a security escort, due to the length of the convoys. Oshidari
said the trucking companies believe that the GOS is making a "good
faith effort" to improve security along the main routes, but that
there is a lack of capacity on the part of the GOS to provide enough
security forces to secure the routes while also providing escorts.
Therefore WFP feels strongly that convoys should not be prevented
from traveling if there is not an escort available. He said between
75 and 100 trucks had successfully traveled the route between Nyala
and El Fasher several days in a row and that WFP can meet its
current delivery targets with this rate of delivery.

3. (SBU) UNAMID has also offered to provide some security along the
routes, according to Oshidari, but UNAMID acknowledged that it has a
limited capacity to do so. Oshidari said UNAMID had even asked WFP
for help and advice on its own convoys, given than UNAMID now has
over 1000 containers waiting in Obeid (Kordofan) for transportation
to Nyala and is logistically challenged to undertake this task.

4. (SBU) Comment: It appears that the GNU is attempting to meet its
pledge made to SE Williamson to provide greater security to WFP food
convoys, as demonstrated by the meeting between the trucking
companies and the chief of police. Oshidari pointed out that the
GOS also has an interest in securing the convoys, as it does not
want "food riots" in IDP camps in Darfur. Oshidari asked that
Special Envoy Williamson follow up on the GNU pledge for security
escorts, but ensure also that convoys would not be impeded from
departing for lack of an escort. Oshidari stressed, however, that
it appears the GOS is making an honest effort to increase the number
of escorts. He promised to provide an update on the number of
security escorts provided over the week just prior to SE
Williamson's visit.

FERNANDEZ

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