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Cablegate: French Secretary for Human Rights Visits Drc

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TAGS: PREL PGOV PREF PHUM SOCI CG FR
SUBJECT: FRENCH SECRETARY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VISITS DRC

REF: Kinshasa 519

1. (SBU) Summary: French Secretary for Human Rights Rama Yade
re-extended an invitation to President Kabila to visit France,
announced a 300,000 euro grant to assist street children in Kinshasa
and made a side trip to Bukavu during her June 8-11 visit to the DRC
visit. The French hope Kabila will travel to Paris at the end of
July.
Their relatively low-key approach to Congolese relations has enabled
France to raise sensitive issues without the acrimony of recent
Belgian-Congolese exchanges (reftel). End summary.

2. (SBU) French Secretary for Human Rights Rama Yade, in her first
visit to the DRC June 8-11, re-extended an official invitation to
President Kabila to visit France. She also reiterated France's
support for the reconstruction of the DRC, especially the health,
environment, and education sectors, during their June 9 meeting in
Kinshasa. The French DCM told us Kabila did not confirm a specific
date for the visit; the French embassy here hopes the visit will
take place at the end of July.

3. (U) Yade announced a 300,000 euro grant to the NGO Medecins du
Monde (MDM) to assist street children in Kinshasa. The grant will
help provide food and medical care to children's centers throughout
the capital. MDM estimates that 18,000 children live on the streets
of Kinshasa. Many are believed to suffer from malaria, a number of
infectious diseases, as well as untreated injuries and wounds of
various kinds.

4. (U) Yade met with Governor Louis Muderhwa of South Kivu June 10
in Bukavu. She also visited the BVES Center for Child Soldiers and
visited victims of sexual violence at Panzi Hospital. The French
DCM said a planned visit to an IDP camp was cancelled due to
logistical concerns.

5. (SBU) Comment: Unlike the Belgians (reftel), the French appear
to be well regarded within the DRC government. Through several high
level visits this year, including by Foreign Minister Kouchner, they
have made it known they want to strengthen bilateral ties. Their
relatively low-key diplomatic approach, in contrast to the more
strident behavior of many official Belgian visitors, coupled with
foreign aid, seems to have struck a positive chord with Kabila.
Additionally, Yade's personal presence and charm, herself of
francophone African background, undoubtedly made a highly favorable
impression here. End Comment.

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