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Cablegate: No Cfc Formal Meetings, but Four Stolen Labado Vehicles

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PP RUEHGI RUEHMA RUEHROV
DE RUEHKH #1417 2521607
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 091607Z SEP 07
FM AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8448
INFO RUCNFUR/DARFUR COLLECTIVE
RHMFISS/CJTF HOA

UNCLAS KHARTOUM 001417

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE, SIPDIS

DEPT FOR AF/SPG, S/CRS
DEPT PLS PASS USAID FOR AFR/SUDAN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV KPKO SOCI AU UN SU

SUBJECT: NO CFC FORMAL MEETINGS, BUT FOUR STOLEN LABADO VEHICLES
RETURNED BY SLM/MINAWI


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SUMMARY
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1. (SBU) Formal CFC meetings were cancelled this week due to a
meeting with a Sudanese Government delegation to discuss the
Janjaweed Disarmament Plan (septel) and the visit of the UN
Secretary General. However, some progress was made on a key CFC

SIPDIS
case when some of the vehicles stolen from AMIS in May were returned
by the SLM/Minawi. End summary.

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FOUR OUT OF FIVE PROMISED VEHICLES RETURNED
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2. (SBU) During a recent meeting with AMIS Force Commander Gen
Agwai, Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM)/Minawi General Commander
Jumah Hagar promised to return five of the 13 vehicles stolen from
Labado in May as a result of the Um Zeifa road collision to show
good faith. On September 3, three of the vehicles were released to
AMIS at Military Group Site (MGS) Muhajeria, two Landcruisers and
one Hilux. The vehicles were stripped to some degree. The El
Fasher vehicle was returned on September 6, in bad repair.

3. (SBU) The Force Commander briefed on September 4 that the
SLM/Minawi General Commander had promised to deliver four vehicles
in Muhajeria and one in El Fasher. The last vehicle still has not
been delivered at Muhajeria. On September 5, Field Off discussed
the vehicle return issue with SLM/Minawi CFC Senior Representative
Col. Adam Ali War. War said the SLA/M was upset that all of the
vehicles had not yet been returned. War also indicated that SLA/M
may return the remaining eight vehicles soon, without waiting for
the Joint Commission to act on the Um Zeifa RTA, which FieldOff
strongly encouraged.

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COMMENT
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4. (SBU) While the recommendations of the Um Zeifa RTA report are
not quid pro quos, we would be pleasantly surprised if the remaining
eight vehicles were returned prior to the Joint Commission approving
the report. However, the SLA/M will likely demand compensation for
the death of its driver before returning the remaining vehicles.
End comment.

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