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Cablegate: Kinshasa - 4th of July Celebrations

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS KINSHASA 001156

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR DS, S/CT, D, P, M, S/ES-O/CMS, INR, CA
DEPT ALSO FOR AF, AF/S, AF/EX, CA/OCS/ACS/AF AND DS/IP/AF

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC PTER CASC
SUBJECT: KINSHASA - 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS

REF: STATE 133884


1. Our Independence Day celebration will be held at the EMR
from 1800-2000 on Friday, July 2nd. We are expecting
approximately 1000 guests to attend the function. Public
Diplomacy has arranged for an American singer from Paris to
perform as well as the University of Kinshasa choir. There
will also be a function for the American Community at the EMR
on Saturday, July 3rd.

2. Kinshasa is calm but a bit tense given the events of the
past few weeks. However, the EAC believes that our current
security posture is appropriate for the current worlwide
threat environment and the threat level in Kinshasa. We have
received no specific or credible threat information targeting
Embassy personnel or the planned events.

3. The following security measures will be taken to ensure
that there will be no security-related incidents during the
event:

a. Increased Police Support.
b. Closing of the street for vehicular traffic
where guests will enter the EMR.
c. Pre-deployment of the Surveillance Detection
Unit (SDU) before and during the event.
d. Increased guard presence - including the Quick
Reaction Force (QRF).
e. Positive Identification of all guests by
invitation and personal recognition by FSN
Protocol and Public Diplomacy staff.
f. Screening of guests with hand-held metal
detector.
g. Both FSN Investigators, ARSO and RSO will be
present.

4. The EAC agrees that the above security measures should be
sufficient to ensure an incident-free event.

5. POC is RSO Jeff Lischke at 243-81-88-44608 (cell) or 934
ext. 2207 (IVG).

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