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Cablegate: Congo/B: Charge'd'affaire's Initial Call On

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281246Z Oct 05

UNCLAS KINSHASA 001801

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR AF/C FOR ASHRAF

FROM BRAZZAVILLE EMBASSY OFFICE

E.O. 12958. N/A
TAGS: PREL CG UNGA PGOV
SUBJECT: CONGO/B: CHARGE'D'AFFAIRE'S INITIAL CALL ON
MFA AND PRESENTATION OF UNGA I AND UNGA II DEMARCHES

REF: A) STATE 188927, B) STATE 188933

1. (U) On October 27, Charge' d'Affaires, Mark
Biedlingmaier and former A/CDA Sharon Rutherford paid
an initial courtesy call on the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Aime' Clovis
Guillond. This courtesy call was the first step to
introduce newly arrived Charge' d'Affaires
Biedlingmaier to Republic of Congo (ROC) officials and
subsequently to the diplomatic community. Drawing on
his extensive background with the recently completed
NEC project in Luanda, CDA Biedlingmaier presented the
Ambassador with basic drawings of Brazzaville's future
NEC and explained the different stages of the project.

2. (U) Ambssador Guillond was delighted to receive the
drawings and said that he stood ready to assist the
newly arrived CDA with this and any other projects
related to the Embassy. Guillond seized the opportunity
to thank the CDA for all of the support the Embassy had
given the ROC prior to the departure of President
Sassou Nguesso for New York and the UNGA meetings. Our
timely handling of several last-minute ROC requests for
visas made for a smooth and successful trip for the
President.

3. (U) Former A/CDA Rutherford took advantage of the
courtesy call to present two demarches on UNGA I and
II, outlining the salient points on each demarche.
Drawing on the ROC's recent nomination as a non-
permanent member of the United Nations, Security
Council, the Ambassador said he would present our
demarches to their representative in New York
recommending that he defend the American position on
these two resolutions.

Comment: Since the nomination of the ROC as a non-
permanent member on the United Nations Security
Council, Ambassador Guillond has been very receptive of
our requests for demarches and has recommended support
for our position on a number of resolutions. End of
Comment

4. (U) Brazzaville Embassy Office - Biedlingmaier
Meece

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