Cablegate: Nigeria: Chambas Briefing On Liberia

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E.O. 12958: N/A

1. On August 6, ECOWAS ExecSec Chambas briefed the
diplomatic corps on the developments in the deployment of
ECOMIL forces. Chambas informed the group that an open
account had been established with ECOBANK in Accra, and that
the account number would be circulated shortly. Paralleling
ECOMICI, Chambas also indicated that a request would be made
to the U.S. and U.K. to provide one staff member each who are
experts in accounting for military operations. He
acknowledged the USD 10 million that the U.S. had already
distributed to the contractor PAE for lift and other
services. Septel follows on Chambas, meeting with Charge.

2. Chambas stated that all political issues regarding the
governmental transition in Liberia had been resolved, except
for naming the President and Vice President. He claimed that
all sides had agreed to the proposal that no member of the
belligerents would be allowed to take either of these
positions. A complete transition to a new elected government
is expected to take 18-24 months.

3. Chambas stated that NIBATT 1 would complete its deployment
by Saturday August 9, and NIBATT 2 would finish early next
week. The third (Ghana, Mali and Senegal) and fourth
(Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Togo and Benin) battalions would be
completely deployed by the end of August. The maximum number
of troops to be deployed is 3250. (COMMENT: This number
appears to be a moving target, and Chambas mentioned 2400 as
the target to Charge earlier in the week. END COMMENT)

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