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Cablegate: Codel Wolf's Visit to Eastern Congo and Kinshasa

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UNCLAS KINSHASA 008578

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OREP ASEC AFIN CG RW
SUBJECT: CODEL WOLF'S VISIT TO EASTERN CONGO AND KINSHASA


1. EMBASSY KINSHASA POLITICAL CHIEF KENT BROKENSHIRE WILL
PROCEED TO GOMA ON JANUARY 5 TO PREPARE FOR CODEL WOLF'S
VISIT TO THE KIVUS. WE WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE RECEIVING A
PROPOSED ITINERARY FOR THE CODEL, AS WELL AS A LIST OF
INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS WITH WHOM CONGRESSMAN WOLF WOULD LIKE
TO MEET WHILE IN THE DRC. IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY PREFERENCES,
EMBASSY KINSHASA CAN PROVIDE A SCHEDULE OF POSSIBLE
APPOINTMENTS FOR THE CONGRESSMAN'S CONSIDERATION.


2. GIVEN THE RWANDAN GOVERNMENT'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE CONGO
WAR, EMBASSY STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT THE GOR NOT BE INVOLVED
IN ARRANGING THOSE PORTIONS OF THE CODEL'S ITINERARY THAT
TAKE PLACE IN THE CONGO.


3. EMBASSY KINSHASA HOPES EMBASSY KIGALI CAN PROVIDE CODEL
WOLF WITH ACCOMMODATION EXCHANGE AS WELL AS TRANSPORTATION
FROM KIGALI TO GOMA.


4. AS MENTIONED BEFORE, THERE IS NO MONUC AIR SERVICE BETWEEN
GOMA AND BUKAVU. COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT, HOWEVER, REGULARLY MAKE
THE SHORT FLIGHT. ONCE AGAIN, TO AVOID POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE
FEELINGS IN A NUMBER OF QUARTERS, EMBASSY POLICY IS TO AVOID
USING RWANDAN GOVERNMENT AIR SERVICES, AND RELY INSTEAD ON
CONGOLESE COMMERCIAL CARRIERS.


5. SRSG MORJANE HAS ASSURED THE AMBASSADOR OF MAXIMUM
FLEXIBILITY AND SUPPORT CONCERNING CONGRESSMAN WOLF'S VISIT.
MONUC NORMALLY FLIES FROM GOMA TO KINSHASA EVERY MONDAY,
WEDNESDAY, AND FRIDAY. WE WOULD APPRECIATE RECEIVING AS SOON
AS POSSIBLE THE DATE CODEL WOLF PLANS TO REACH KINSHASA.


6. EMBASSY KINSHASA EXPECTS TO BE IN DIRECT CONTACT WITH
CONGRESSIONAL AIDE DAN SCANDLING WHEN HE RETURNS ON THURSDAY,
DECEMBER 28.
SWING

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