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Cablegate: Media Reaction to the November 9 Nairobi Communique Between

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SUBJECT: Media reaction to the November 9 Nairobi Communique between
the DRC and Rwanda on Negative Forces

1. (U) Media reaction to the Nairobi agreement has been generally
favorable, albeit not very substantive. Following are reactions
from major outlets:

-- Le Palmares writes that the DRC has hung itself by signing the
plan because the deadline to submit an elaborate disarmament plan is
too short, while the DRC army is still rebuilding itself.

-- Le Phare notes that Murigande was happy with the signing because
the DRC committed itself to fighting the ex-FAR, a diplomatic
failure for DRC. The paper adds that too heavy a load has been
placed on the DRC and that fighting may take place between the FDLR
and Nkunda's troops.

-- La Reference Plus quotes signatories such as DRC Foreign Minister
Mbusa and UN negotiator Menkerios. Mbusa thought the agreement
opened the way for a permanent and peaceful solution to the crisis
of the Great Lakes region in general and in DRC in particular.
Menkerios deemed that Rwanda and DRC had shown their firm
willingness to take up their own destinies.

-- L'Avenir writes that Nkunda is a mere lemon that President Kagame
is now throwing away after squeezing it, and that Nkunda has been
reduced to the status of a bargaining counter.

-- Le Potentiel assumes that both the DRC and Rwanda are now drawing
close to the outcome of the FDLR-Nkunda episode, at least with
regard to the latest compromise signed in Nairobi. The paper's
analysis ends by noting that signing the communique is one thing,
but implementing it is another story.


Brock

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