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Cablegate: Tip Interim Assessment for Democratic Republic Of

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UNCLAS KINSHASA 002097

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR AF/RSA
DEPT FOR G/TIP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KCRM PHUM PREL CG
SUBJECT: TIP INTERIM ASSESSMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF
CONGO

REF: SECSTATE 228458

1. The following responses are geared to reftel questions.
Post believes the DRC has made credible progress on its
outstanding issues, and we will continue to stress to the
GDRC the importance of doing so.

2. In May 2004, the GDRC finalized and implemented procedures
for issuing official demobilization certificates for children
associated with armed groups. Although a small number of
demobilized child soldiers have not received their
certificates, in general, the process is working well.

3. Since October 2003, the GDRC has demobilized about 2,000
children associated with armed groups, including a number of
children who were demobilized before their units were sent to
eastern Congo in June 2004.

4. A number of GDRC military and civilian officials respond
quickly and helpfully to NGO and UN agency requests for
assistance with child protection issues. For example, MONUC
child protection officers have worked with prison officials
to remove children from general prison populations, and
military commanders have assisted in demobilizing children
associated with armed groups. In addition, earlier this year,
judicial authorities in South Kivu started legal proceedings
against a known child soldier recruiter.

5. The national disarmament, demobilization, and
reintegration (DDR) technical committee is working with UN
agencies, donors and NGOs to ensure that the needs of
children associated with armed groups are adequately
addressed in the national World Bank-funded DDR plan. The
section of the national DDR plan associated with children
will be the first implemented.
MEECE

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