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SUBJECT: TRIPARTITE PLUS CHIEFS OF DEFENSE MEETING --
INTERNAL MEETING NOTES
REF: KAMPALA 1486
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1. (SBU) The Tripartite Plus Chiefs of Defense met in
Lubumbashi on October 1-2 in special session to discuss joint
operations, cross-border confidence building measures, and
the reinstatement of the bilateral Rwanda-DRC Joint
Verification Mechanism. The Joint Communique has been
transmitted septel. The official report of the meeting
issued at its conclusion follows. (Note: the meeting notes
are marked "Restricted." Although this is not a formal USG
classification, these internal notes are presumably not for
general dissemination. End note.)
2. (SBU) Begin text:
REPORT OF THE 3RD TRIPARTITE PLUS MEETING OF THE CHIEFS OF
LUBUMBASHI, OCTOBER 1-2, 2007
1. The Tripartite Plus meeting of the Chiefs of General
Staff was held in Lubumbashi from 1st to 2nd October 2007, to
examine and discuss the planned operations of FARDC/MONUC
against the negative forces in DRC, as recommended in Kigali,
Rwanda on 28 August 2007. The meeting was chaired by the
Chief of General Staff FARDC-DRC, Lieutenant General
Dieudonne KAYEMBE, In attendance were delegations from the
Republic of Burundi led by the Chief of General Staff, Major
General Samuel GAHIRO, the Republic of Uganda led by the
Chief of the Defense Forces, General Aronda NYAKAIRIMA, and
the Republic of Rwanda led by Chief of General Staff, General
James KABAREBE. MONUC was represented by the Force
Commander, Lieutenant General Babacar GAYE, while the
facilitator was represented by Lieutenant Colonel Scott
BRYSON, US Defense Attache in DRC. The meeting was held in a
free, frank and cordial atmosphere.
2. The opening remarks were made by the Chief of General
Staff-FARDC Lieutenant General Dieudonne KAYEMBE. He
welcomed the members of the Tripartite Plus, the MONUC Force
Commander, and the facilitator to Katanga province and
Lubumbashi in particular.
He thanked the delegations for honouring the invitations and
informed them that the main objective of this particular
meeting was to examine and discuss the planned operations of
FARDC and MONUC against the negative forces.
3. The leaders of the other delegations made remarks each
stressing the need for concrete action against the negative
forces and made briefs on the security situation and status
of the negative forces in DRC. They thanked the host country
for the warm welcome and cordial hospitality extended to them
and their respective delegations.
4. The Tripartite Plus Chiefs of General Staff and MONUC
Force Commander met in closed session to discuss the
a. The planned operations by FARDC and MONUC against the
b. To approve the structure and organisation of the Joint
Planning Cell as proposed in Kisangani meeting of 22
5. After fruitful discussions, the following recommendations
a. Maintain pressure against the FDLR and other negative
forces by targeting their centres of gravity.
b. FARDC and MONUC to develop an operational plan against
other negative forces similar to that against the ADF/NALU,
PRA and LRA, to be presented in the next meeting of the
Chiefs of General Staff.
c. Strengthening and Operationalising the Joint Verification
Mechanisms in order to effectively monitor, provide accurate
and timely information on cross border situations. MONUC was
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tasked to develop the concept of this mechanism to be
presented to the next Chiefs of General Staff meeting.
d. Encourage meetings of other state structures such as
Intelligence, Police, Immigration, and Local Administration
in order to strengthen the mechanism of the Tripartite Plus.
e. Develop a strategy of sensitisation with a view of
separating the negative forces from the local populations.
f. Recommend to the Ministerial Commission of Tripartite
Plus that the Chiefs of General Staff be invited to the
Ministerial meetings to present their recommendations and
participate in their discussions.
6. a. The Chiefs of General Staff agreed to formalise
meetings of unit commanders operating along common borders at
various levels in order to deal with border incidents and
enhance mutual confidence.
b. They also approved the structure of the Joint Planning
Cell, its organisation and operationalisation.
c. It was agreed that the next meeting be held in Kampala -
Uganda in January 2008 on a date to be fixed by the Chief of
Defence Forces of the UPDF.
Done at Lubumbashi, DRC on 2nd October 2007.
The Chief of General Staff FARDC, DRC
The Chief of General Staff of NDF, Burundi
The Chief of General Staff of RDF, Rwanda
The Chief of Defense Forces of UPDF, Uganda