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Cablegate: Lubumbashi Tripartite Plus Meeting Notes

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SUBJECT: LUBUMBASHI TRIPARTITE PLUS MEETING NOTES

REF: (A)KINSHASA 698

(B)KINSHASA 629
(C)BUJUMBURA 301

1. (SBU) Summary. The Tripartite Plus Joint Commission
Sub-Commission and Ministerial Meetings took place in Lubumbashi
June 5-7. Delegates from Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda joined
Congolese officials to continue discussion of threats to regional
security from negative forces, the Tripartite Plus Fusion Cell, the
"Most Wanted" list, and the status of diplomatic relations. The
atmosphere of the talks was positive, with all delegations
interacting comfortably. In addition to the delegates, observer
missions from the African Union, European Commission, European
Union, and MONUC attended the Open Sessions of the Ministerial. The
next Tripartite meeting will be held in Kampala in September. End
summary.

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Sub-Commission Meetings
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2. (SBU) The groundwork for the Ministerial Meeting was laid by
delegates to the joint meeting of the Sub-Commissions on Defense and
Security and on Diplomatic Affairs June 5-6. Chaired by Deputy
Assistant Secretary for African Affairs James Swan and DRC
Ambassador-a-Large Seraphin Ngwej, the Sub-Commission agenda
included strategies aimed at ending threats to regional security
from negative forces, the Tripartite Plus Fusion Cell (TFC),
handling "most wanted" individuals, and the status of diplomatic
relations. Ambassador Ngwej opened the discussions with an update
on the security situation in DRC, including the May 28 massacre in
South Kivu and continued threats in the east.

3. (SBU) The Sub-Commission delegates reached consensus on four
recommendation papers to be presented at the Ministerial Meeting.
Key points from those papers were:

Negative Forces: Political Strategies. Members agreed to restate
their positions on negative forces in the press release for the
meeting in order to encourage armed groups to disarm and repatriate
or reintegrate into their communities.

--Negative Forces: Military strategies. Member countries discussed
the FDLR problem in eastern DRC and agreed that the DRC government
was acting in concordance with Scenario One of the Chiefs of Defense
(CHOD) proposals adopted in Bujumbura April 16-18 (reftel C))by
stepping up anti-FDLR operations. They agreed the CHOD should meet
in Kigali to review progress against the Negative Forces within two
months.

--Tripartite Fusion Cell (TFC). Member countries agreed that the TFC
was important and also discussed the value of meeting face to face,
in addition to the proposed virtual TFC. They welcomed the U.S.
decision to continue funding the TFC through March 2008.

--Most Wanted List. Member states postponed until the next
ministerial agreement on a common list because of continuing
disagreement between the Rwandan and Ugandan delegation over the
existence of the People's Resistance Army (PRA). The PRA Order of
Battle provided by the Ugandan delegation was judged insufficient
evidence by Rwanda and the other member countries. Member countries
proposed to submit the Order of Battle to the TFC for vetting. In
addition, members states decided to have their legal experts meet in
Goma within one month to review, harmonize, and, if necessary,
propose draft laws for acting against wanted individuals.

--Diplomatic Relations. Member countries stated that there were
bilateral discussions underway to normalize diplomatic relations.

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Ministerial Meeting
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4. (SBU) Observer delegations from the African Union, European
Commission, European Union, and MONUC joined the member and
facilitator delegations for the opening session of the Ministerial
meeting June 6. DAS Swan and co-chair DRC Minister of State for
Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Antipas Mbusa Nyamwisi
made remarks on the importance of regional stability and
cooperation. MONUC Special Representative of the Secretary General
William Swing spoke positively about the opportunity for peace in
the region.

5. (SBU) The members' only session of the Ministerial continued
after the departure of the observer missions. Subjects of
particular debate included recognition of the PRA and a way to move
forward on the "Most Wanted" list with consensus. The Ugandan
delegation withdrew its entire list of most wanted persons,

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including LRA, ADF/NALU and PRA names, when the other member
countries declined to accept the PRA list. The GOU said it would
submit an updated list within six weeks.

6. (SBU) The ministers accepted most Sub-Commission draft
recommendations with minor drafting changes. They agreed on a
decision document addressing each of the topics previously discussed
by the Sub-Commission delegates as well as on a joint statement
released at a press conference at the conclusion of the meeting June
7 (reftel A). The text of the Ministerial decisions was sent in
reftel B.

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Heads of Delegations
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7. (SBU) The heads of the member delegations were:

Burundi - Antoinette Batumubwira, Minister of External Affairs and
International Cooperation
DRC - Antipas Mbusa Nyamwisi, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
and International Cooperation
Rwanda - General Marcel Gatsinzi, Minister of Defense
Uganda - Ruth Nankabirwa, Minister of State for Defense

8. (SBU) The delegations agreed that the next Tripartite Plus Joint
Commission meeting will be held in Kampala, Uganda, September 15-17,
2007.

MEECE

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