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Cablegate: Tripartite Plus Legal Experts Meet in Goma, Drc

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SUBJECT: TRIPARTITE PLUS LEGAL EXPERTS MEET IN GOMA, DRC

REF: KINSHASA 698

1. (SBU) Legal experts from DRC, Uganda, and Burundi met in
Goma, North Kivu July 23-26 to examine possible judicial
mechanisms and procedures to use against negative forces in
the territories of the Tripartite Plus countries, as decided
at the June session of the Tripartite Plus Joint Commission
(reftel). The Rwandan delegation did not participate,
claiming they had not received an official invitation in time.

2. (SBU) The experts' final report highlights agreement on
the following actions:

-- to criminalize, and subject to extradition perpetrators
of, acts of aggression and subversion defined in the first
article of the Protocol for Non-Agression and Mutual Defense
in the draft Convention on Legal Cooperation;

-- to harmonize existing extradition agreements through
adopting a draft Convention on Legal Cooperation between
Tripartite Plus member states;

-- to recommend that Tripartite Plus member states prosecute
or remove from office members of negative forces whose names
are on the most wanted list and who reside in members'
respective territories;

-- to recommend that Tripartite Plus member states
investigate, identify, and establish a list of other persons
threatening peace and security in their territory, and to
arrest them for prosecution;

-- to recommend that Tripartite Plus member states integrate
into their national legislation the Pacts, Accords, and
Protocols agreed through the International Conference on
Peace, Security, and Democracy in the Great Lakes Region
(IC/GLR), and to ratify the draft Convention on Legal
Cooperation agreed by the legal experts;

-- to refer the point on methods of freezing assets of most
wanted person as well as the application of measures to
restrict their travel and movement to another meeting after
the next Tripartite Plus ministerial.

3. (SBU) Marie France Mubenga, the chief Congolese legal
expert, told us July 26 that the conference went well and
much had been accomplished. She regretted the decision of
the Rwandans not to attend. She said the draft Convention on
Legal Cooperation would be considered at the next Tripartite
Plus ministerial in Kampala in September.

4. (SBU) The text of the draft Convention on Legal
Cooperation has been transmitted to AF/C.
MEECE

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