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Cablegate: North Kivu Update (9/14/07 11:00 Gmt): No New

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PP RUEHBZ RUEHDU RUEHGI RUEHJO RUEHMR RUEHRN
DE RUEHKI #1098 2571226
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 141226Z SEP 07
FM AMEMBASSY KINSHASA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6868
INFO RUEHXR/RWANDA COLLECTIVE
RUCNSAD/SOUTHERN AF DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHDC
RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE
RUFOADA/JAC MOLESWORTH RAF MOLESWORTH UK

UNCLAS KINSHASA 001098

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREF MOPS PHUM KPKO CG
SUBJECT: NORTH KIVU UPDATE (9/14/07 11:00 GMT): NO NEW
FIGHTING BUT INSECURITY CONTINUES

REF: A. KINSHASA 1092 AND PREVIOUS

B. KINSHASA 1031

1. (U) There have been no new reports of fighting in North
Kivu over the past 24 hours (ref A), however insecurity
continued in the province with the murder of a local
administrator and the discovery of mass graves at a recently
vacated mixed-brigade camp.

2. (U) MONUC's Radio Okapi reported that unidentified armed
men killed Michel Frederic Rwahama, interim chief of Rutshuru
Territory's Nyamilima locality, on September 12. His murder
followed that of his predecessor Muzuna Rumba, killed in
identical circumstances in August. Nyamilima is reportedly
under the control of FDLR and Mayi-Mayi militia; Rutshuru
authorities are unable to travel to the area for the funeral.
Local officials are awaiting the deployment of the 6th
Integrated Brigade (IB) to the area before beginning an
investigation.

3. (U) Also in Rutshuru Territory, MONUC and newly-arrived
elements of the 6th IB discovered three mass graves September
13 in Rubare at a camp recently vacated by the Bravo mixed
brigade. This is the second set of mass graves found at an
abandoned Bravo camp during the last month (ref B). A MONUC
spokesperson said it was impossible to determine the number
of dead without a detailed investigation, but noted the
graves were "freshly dug" and the bodies poorly buried.
Bravo soldiers left the camp September 3.
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