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Cablegate: Monuc's October 3 Statement

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SUBJECT: MONUC's October 3 Statement

1. (SBU) On October 3 the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of
the Congo (MONUC) issued a statement criticizing the decision by
Laurent Nkunda, leader of the insurgent group known as CNDP
("Congres National pour la Defense du Peuple" in French) to withdraw
from the Amani process and redefine the CNDP's object as "national
liberation." An unofficial translation of the MONUC statement is at
para. 2, with the original text in French at para. 3.

2. (SBU) Following is unofficial translation of MONUC statement.

Begin MONUC statement

Kinshasa, 3 October, 2008

(1) The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the
Congo (MONUC) strongly condemns the recent statement by Laurent
Nkunda, who has risen up against the elected and legitimate
government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). MONUC and
the international community do not tolerate this new attempt to
destabilize the political process.

(2) MONUC also strongly condemns any attempt to increase tensions by
calling for a military solution to the conflict in the Kivus. MONUC
reminds all concerned that the Goma Accord ("Actes d'Engagement de
Goma") and the Amani Program are still the only viable framework for
a peaceful resolution of the differences between the opposing
parties.

(3) MONUC reiterates the importance of the disengagement process in
the Kivus. MONUC asks all armed groups, particularly the CNDP, to
adhere to this process as quickly as possible, to rejoin the
disengagement process, and to respect the commitments subscribed to
at the conclusion of the Goma Conference last January. In this
regard, MONUC welcomes the confirmation by South Kivu armed groups
of their participation in the disengagement process.

(4) MONUC applauds the determination expressed by many Congolese who
demonstrated recently for lasting peace in the DRC in several
communities of the country.

End MONUC statement

3. Below is original French text of MONUC statement

Begin French text

KINSHASA, 3 OCTOBRE 2008

LA MISSION DE L'ORGANISATION DES NATIONS UNIES EN REPUBLIQUE
DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO (MONUC) CONDAMNE FERMEMENT LA DECLARATION
RECENTE DE LAURENT NKUNDA QUI S'INSURGE CONTRE LE GOUVERNEMENT ELU
ET LEGITIME DE LA REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO (RDC). LA MONUC
ET LA COMMUNAUTE INTERNATIONALE NE TOLERENT PAS CETTE NOUVELLE
TENTATIVE DE DESTABILISER LE PROCESSUS POLITIQUE.

LA MONUC CONDAMNE EGALEMENT AVEC FERMETE TOUTE TENTATIVE D'ATTISER
LES TENSIONS EN PRONANT UNE SOLUTION MILIAIRE AU CONFLIT DANS LES
KIVUS. ELLE RAPPELLE QUE LES ACTES D'ENGAGEMENT DE GOMA ET LE
PROGRAMME AMANI DEMEURENT LE SEUL CADRE VIABLE EN VUE D'UNE
RESOLUTION PACIFIQUE DES DIFFERENDS QUI OPPOSENT LES PARTIES.

LA MONUC REITERE L'IMPORTANCE DU PROCESSUS DE DESENGAGEMENT DANS LES
KIVUS. LA MONUC ENJOINT TOUS LES GROUPES ARMES, EN PARTICULIER LE
CNDP, A ADHERER A CE PROCESSUS DANS LES MEILLEURS DELAIS, A
REJOINDRE LE PROCESSUS DE DESENGAGEMENT ET A RESPECTER LES
ENGAGEMENTS SOUSCRITS A L'ISSUE DE LA CONFERENCE DE GOMA EN JANVIER
DERNIER. A CET EGARD, LA MONUC ACCUEILLE FAVORABLEMENT LA
CONFIRMATION PAR LES GROUPES ARMES DU SUD-KIVU DE LEUR PARTICIPATION
DANS LE PROCESSUS DE DESENGAGEMENT.

LA MONUC SALUE LA VOLONTE EXPRIMEE PAR DE NOMBREUX CONGOLAIS QUI ONT
RECEMMENT MANIFESTE DANS PLUSIEURS LOCALITES DU PAYS EN FAVEUR D'UNE
PAIX DURABLE EN RDC.

End MONUC statement.

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