Search

 

Cablegate: Niger: Mnj Reacts to Tandja Speech

VZCZCXRO5567
PP RUEHMA RUEHPA
DE RUEHNM #0473 1261410
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 051410Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY NIAMEY
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4283
INFO RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUZEHAA/CDR USEUCOM INTEL VAIHINGEN GE PRIORITY
RHMFISS/CDR USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE PRIORITY
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC PRIORITY
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY

UNCLAS NIAMEY 000473

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PHUM NG
SUBJECT: NIGER: MNJ REACTS TO TANDJA SPEECH

REF: NIAMEY 433

1. In his April 23 address marking the anniversary of the
1995 agreement ending the rebellion of the early 1990s,
President Tandja said, inter alia:

-- the GON is open to discussion with different parts of
Nigerien society;

-- it continues to greet with open arms and to listen to
those who agree to talks;

-- it invites those who continue to bear arms to lay down
those arms, release their hostages, reintegrate peacefully,
and join their brother and sisters in building the nation;

-- the country has no need for a fratricidal conflict, but of
reflection and work;

-- Niger is a sovereign country which will defend its
sovereignty and internal security;

-- There will not be any accommodation with those involved in
trafficking; and,

-- it is legitimate to ask who is supporting those behind the
attacks in the north.

2. Some optimistic observers highlighted as a possible
softening of the GON position Tandja's reference to being
open to discussion, as well as the fact that he did not refer
to the MNJ as bandits, criminals or traffickers.

3. Even before Tandja's speech, GON officials had expressed a
willingness to negotiate with the MNJ, but only if the group
first disarmed.

4. An April 29 posting on the MNJ website signed by MNJ
President Aghali Alambo dismissed Tandja's speech as no
different from earlier ones, except for the omission of the
word "bandits." Alambo said the MNJ had always preferred
negotiation, but stressed that it would define the conditions
for negotiations, to include: the lifting of the state of
alert in the north; an independent investigation into the
massacre of civilians; the liberation of people being
arbitrarily detained; and the cessation of intimidation,
kidnappings and other human rights violations committed by
the security services. He said that disarmament could only be
decided through negotiations.

5. The MNJ web site on May 4 reported fighting between MNJ
and GON forces near Gougaram. It claimed to have killed five
GON soldiers and seriously wounded another seven. It also
claimed that the GON lost an ultralight surveillance
aircraft.
ALLEN

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC