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Cablegate: Cndp Reacts to Group of Experts Report

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TAGS: PGOV PREL MOPS PREF KPKO CG
SUBJECT: CNDP REACTS TO GROUP OF EXPERTS REPORT

1. CNDP spokesman Bertrand Bisimwa mass mailed a press statement as
an attachment to an e-mail dated December 14, 2008 with his
organization's reaction to the recently-released report by the UN
Group of Experts on alleged GOR and GDRC collaboration with armed
groups in North Kivu. Unofficial embassy translation follows.
Original French is at para. 3.

2. Begin unofficial translation of CNDP press statement:

Press Statement

The Movement's political directorate hereby communicates the
following for both national and international public opinion:

-- 1. During these last 48 hours the press has carried stories on a
report supposedly undertaken by a group of experts mandated by the
UN to examine events in the east of the DRC and which incriminates,
among others, the CNDP. The senior officials of the CNDP learned
with great astonishment, but also with great indignation, of the
fabrications contained in the report, particularly when it deals
with the collusion between CNDP and the Government of Rwanda, and
also regarding its involvement in the illegal exploitation of the
DRC's mineral resources.

-- 2. The CNDP reaffirms publicly that it does not owe its birth
and current operational capacities to anyone other than itself, to
its members, to its sympathizers, and very paradoxically, to Joseph
Kabila in person. The supreme commander of the FARDC is, in effect,
the great supplier of arms and supplies since the aborted process of
"Mixage", at the beginning of 2007 until today. His calamitous
governance has furnished us with the essential reasons for the
legitimacy of our struggle.

-- 3. Regarding Rwanda, the CNDP remains grateful to its
authorities who have given asylum on their soil to almost all our
Congolese Tutsi compatriots, whether they be refugees in camps run
by the UNHCR or simply en exile in the country of a thousand hills,
in the hope of returning to their native North Kivu. It would be
absurd to attribute to the Government of Rwanda the initiative that
young people return regularly to their homes in the Congo, attracted
by their irrepressible desire to help one day with the return of
their parents to the family home. The Government of Rwanda, at any
rate, is unable to prevent this movement, except to make its country
a cage from which no one can escape. Michel JOBERT (may his soul
rest in peace), the French minister of Foreign Affairs under
Pompidou, replied to journalists who were surprised by France's
"understanding" of Palestinians who wanted to return to Palestine at
all costs: "Trying to set foot again in one's homeland, is this
necessarily aggression?" In this case, the answer is in the
question.

-- 4. Regarding the illegal exploitation of mineral resources, the
CNDP observes that only two mines are found in the territory under
its control: BIBATAMA, which the Group of Experts says it (the
CNDP) exploits, but which in fact has been granted to a well-known
Tutsi. He exploits this site on the basis of a grant given to him
by the Government in Kinshasa but, moreover, this has to do with a
senator who has been totally bought by President KABILA and who has
no ties to the CNDP. The other industrial unit, SOMIKIVU, which
produces pyro-chlorine, belongs to a German group. Since it shut
down in 1996 it reopened only briefly in 2004 and, since that time
has not been in operation.

-- 5. The CNDP, therefore, categorically rejects that in the report
of UN experts which concerns it, who have emphasized more
salesmanship than professional research. These are purely political
motivations which, on the one hand, try to implicate Rwanda in order
to dishearten that country in the pursuit of its legitimate
pretensions to see the FDLR perpetrators of genocide definitively
neutralized and, on the other hand, to hide the defeat of the
leadership of Joseph KABILA, whose removal from office is a task
which the CNDP has given itself and which is just as legitimate.

For the Political Directorate of the CNDP
NAZABIRINDA, Deogratias
Executive Secretary

End embassy's unofficial translation of CNDP statement

3. Begin original French version of CNDP statement:

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE

LA DIRECTION POLITIQUE DU MOUVEMENT COMMUNIQUE CE QUI SUIT A
L'INTENTION DE L'OPINION TANT NATIONALE QU'INTERNATIONALE :

-- 1. LA PRESSE A FAIT ETAT, CES DERNIERES 48 HEURES, D'UN RAPPORT

KINSHASA 00001106 002 OF 002


QU'AURAIT COMMIS UN GROUPE D'EXPERTS MANDATES PAR L'ONU POUR
ENQUETER A L'EST DE LA RDC ET QUI INCRIMINE, ENTRE AUTRES, LE CNDP.
LES AUTORITES SUPERIEURES DU CNDP ONT APPRIS AVEC LE PLUS GRAND
ETONNEMENT, MAIS AUSSI AVEC LA PLUS GRANDE INDIGNATION LES
AFFABULATIONS QUE CONTIENDRAIT CE RAPPORT, NOTAMMENT QUAND IL FAIT
ETAT DE LA COLLUSION DU CNDP AVEC LE GOUVERNEMENT DU RWANDA, MAIS
AUSSI DE SON IMPLICATION DANS L'EXPLOITATION ILLEGALE DES
RESSOURCES MINIERES DE LA RDC.

-- 2. LE CNDP REAFFIRME PUBLIQUEMENT QU'IL NE DOIT SA NAISSANCE ET
SES CAPACITES OPERATIONNELLES ACTUELLES QU'A LUI-MEME, A SES
MILITANTS, A SES SYMPATHISANTS ET, TRES PARADOXALEMENT, A JOSEPH
KABILA EN PERSONNE. LE COMMANDANT SUPREME DES FARDC EST, EN EFFET,
NOTRE PLUS GRAND POURVOYEUR D'ARMES ET DE MUNITIONS DEPUIS LE
PROCESSUS AVORTE DU " MIXAGE ", DEBUT 2007, A CE JOUR. SA
GOUVERNANCE CALAMITEUSE NOUS FOURNIT LES RAISONS ESSENTIELLES DE LA
LEGITIMITE DE NOTRE LUTTE.

-- 3. QUANT AU RWANDA, LE CNDP RESTE TRES RECONNAISSANT A SES
AUTORITES QUI HEBERGENT SUR LEUR SOL LA QUASI-TOTALITE DE NOS
COMPATRIOTES TUTSI CONGOLAIS, QU'ILS SOIENT REFUGIES DANS LES CAMPS
GERES PAR LE HCR OU TOUT SIMPLEMENT EN EXIL AU PAYS DES MILLES
COLLINES, DANS L'ATTENTE DE RETROUVER LEUR NORD-KIVU NATAL. ALORS,
SI REGULIEREMENT DES JEUNES GENS RENTRENT CHEZ EUX AU CONGO, ATTIRES
PAR LE DESIR IRREPRESSIBLE D'ETRE EN SITUATION DE FAIRE REVENIR UN
JOUR LEURS PARENTS AU BERCAIL, IL SERAIT ABSURDE D'EN ATTRIBUER
L'INITIATIVE AU GOUVERNEMENT DU RWANDA QUI, DE TOUTE MANIERE, N'A
PAS LES MOYENS D'EMPECHER CE MOUVEMENT, SAUF A FAIRE DE SON PAYS UNE
CAGE DONT PERSONNE NE S'ECHAPPE. MICHEL JOBERT -PAIX A SON AME-
MINISTRE FRANGAIS DES AFFAIRES ETRANGERES SOUS POMPIDOU, RETORQUAIT
UN JOUR A DES JOURNALISTES QUI S'ETONNAIENT DE LA " COMPREHENSION "
DE LA FRANCE A L'EGARD DES PALESTINIENS QUI VOULAIENT A TOUT PRIX
RENTRER EN PALESTINE : " TENTER DE REMETTRE LES PIEDS CHEZ SOI,
EST-CE FORCEMENT UNE AGRESSION " ? EN L'OCCURRENCE, LA REPONSE EST
DANS LA QUESTION.

-- 4. QUANT A L'EXPLOITATION ILLEGALE DES RESSOURCES MINIERES, LE
CNDP OBSERVE QUE SEULES DEUX MINES SE TROUVENT DANS LE TERRITOIRE
SOUS SON CONTROLE : CELLE DE BIBATAMA DONT LE GROUPE D'EXPERTS LUI
ATTRIBUE L'EXPLOITATION, MAIS QUI EST, EN FAIT, CONCEDEE A UN
NOTABLE TUTSI. CELUI-CI L'EXPLOITE SUR BASE DES TITRES ACCORDES PAR
LE GOUVERNEMENT DE KINSHASA, MAIS EN PLUS IL S'AGIT D'UN SENATEUR
TOTALEMENT ACQUIS AU PRESIDENT KABILA ET SANS AUCUNE ATTACHE AVEC LE
CNDP. L'AUTRE UNITE INDUSTRIELLE, LA SOMIKIVU QUI PRODUIT DU
PYROCHLORE APPARTIENT A UN GROUPE ALLEMAND. A L'ARRET DEPUIS 1996,
ELLE N'A REDEMARRE BRIEVEMENT QUE PENDANT QUELQUES MOIS EN 2004 ET,
DEPUIS, ELLE NE FONCTIONNE PLUS.

-- 5. EN CONSEQUENCE, LE CNDP REJETTE CATEGORIQUEMENT, EN CE QUI LE
CONCERNE, LE RAPPORT DES EXPERTS ONUSIENS QUI RELEVE PLUS DU
COLPORTAGE QUE DE L'INVESTIGATION PROFESSIONNELLE. IL A DES
MOTIVATIONS PUREMENT POLITIQUES QUI, D'UNE PART, TIENNENT A
IMPLIQUER LE RWANDA POUR DEFORCER SES PRETENTIONS LEGITIMES A VOIR
NEUTRALISES DEFINITIVEMENT LES GENOCIDAIRES FDLR ET D'AUTRE PART A
OCCULTER LA DEROUTE DU LEADERSHIP DE JOSEPH KABILA QUE LE CNDP S'EST
DONNE POUR TACHE TOUT AUSSI LEGITIME D'EVINCER.

POUR LA DIRECTION POLITIQUE DU CNDP
NZABIRINDA DEGRATIAS
SECRETAIRE EXECUTIF

End original French version of CNDP statement

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