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Cablegate: Sitrep 26: Morning Starts Calmly in Kinshasa (8/24

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PP RUEHDU RUEHGI RUEHJO RUEHMR RUEHRN
DE RUEHKI #1343 2361153
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 241153Z AUG 06
FM AMEMBASSY KINSHASA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4662
INFO RUEHXR/RWANDA COLLECTIVE
RUCNSAD/SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHDC
RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE
RUFOADA/JAC MOLESWORTH RAF MOLESWORTH UK

UNCLAS KINSHASA 001343

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV ASEC CASC KPKO CG
SUBJECT: SITREP 26: MORNING STARTS CALMLY IN KINSHASA (8/24
1030)

REF: KINSHASA 1342 AND PREVIOUS

1. (U) Mission convened a follow-up EAC meeting the morning
of 8/24 in Kinshasa (septel).

2. (SBU) All mission personnel are authorized to use their
POVs, and classes resumed normally at the American School of
Kinshasa. Traffic was still somewhat lighter than usual
although commuters reported many private vehicles as well as
numerous pedestrians on the roads. Mission personnel -- and
all Amcits, official as well as unofficial -- are being
advised to maintain a higher awareness of personal security
measures.

3. (SBU) Some reports of checkpoints/roadblocks in Kinshasa
have been received and are currently being investigated by
the RSO.

4. (U) The missions of Belgium, France, UK, Netherlands, the
UK and MONUC all confirmed a return to business as usual, and
other missions advised Post on August 23 of their intentions
to resume normal operations on August 24. There are no
reports of interruptions of routine services. Almost 100% of
LES have reported to their jobs in the various Mission
locations.

5. (U) River transport is normal, and international flights
have resumed.

6. (SBU) One international contact reported seeing tanks
moving the evening of August 23, but that appeared to be a
return of equipment to its point of origin. Given sporadic
reports of looting, visible police presence -- already
heavier than normal -- can be expected to continue.
MEECE

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