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Cablegate: Darfur Conference Requires Coordinated

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SUBJECT: DARFUR CONFERENCE REQUIRES COORDINATED
INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT

REF: A. STATE 140816

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1. (SBU) At a working-level meeting of the Darfur Partners
Group on September 17, representatives of the USG, UK,
Netherlands, Canada, France, Norway, Italy, and EU agreed
that significant preparatory work with the non-signatories of
the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) is needed at the local level
prior to a leadership conference. Given the recent
splintering of the non-signatory commanders and political
leadership, such international engagement must be coordinated.

2. (SBU) The Embassy's Senior Security Advisor and his UK
colleagues began the meeting with a summary of their recent
exploratory trip to Darfur. They reported that SLM/Abdul
Wahid appeared to have splintered into four groups and said
they had heard from one SLM/Abdul Wahid commander that the
forces of Ahmed Abdul Shafi were "worse than the janjaweed."
Despite this, local commanders and leaders remain willing to
participate in a conference in Jebel Marra. The EU
representative informed the group that one Abdul Wahid
commander had later called to apologize for the hard-line
approach taken in meetings with the USG and UK
representatives. He had explained that several Abdul Wahid
relatives had been present, which had prevented free
discussion.

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3. (SBU) The Darfur partners proposed the following
five-prong approach to lay the groundwork for a leadership
conference.

-- Creation of a small group of Western diplomats to reach
out to non-signatories, both in Darfur and through the
non-signatories' representatives in Khartoum, on behalf of
the international community. The group would engage with
local leaders to promote constructive political cooperation
in preparation for a leadership conference. The emphasis
would be on developing approaches to achieve peace and to
support the DPA.

-- Development of a contact list of non-signatories agreed to
by the Darfur Partners Group.

-- Development of talking points agreed to by the Darfur
Partners Group for use in outreach to the non-signatory
commanders and political leaders.

-- Development of a draft protocol or annex to the DPA to
address the concerns of the non-signatories and encourage
their accession to the agreement. This protocol could be
used during local outreach efforts.

-- Development of a list of essential requirements to support
and strengthen Minni Minawi and a recommended timeline for
implementation.

4. (SBU) The group recommended that the five-prong approach
be adopted at the Chief of Mission-level during the Darfur
Partners Group meeting on September 20.
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