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Cablegate: Situation Report for Drc - October 30, 2008,

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SUBJECT: SITUATION REPORT FOR DRC - OCTOBER 30, 2008,
AS OF 6:00 PM CENTRAL AFRICAN TIME (GMT +1)

1. (U) All times Kinshasa (GMT + 1) unless otherwise
indicated.

Security Situation in Goma
--------------------------

2. (SBU) Poloff spoke with MONUC contact in Goma at 1:45 p.m. who
said that the situation in town appeared to be much improved.
People were moving about in the streets and stores were open. He
reported that UN staff members were authorized today to conduct
limited, mission essential movements, though they were to return to
their regroupment sites by 5:00 p.m. In addition, he understood
that some IDPs around Goma were returning to the camp at Kibati, a
good signal.

3. (SBU) At 4:00 p.m., Poloff attended a UN briefing in Kinshasa,
at which it was reported that FARDC remnants circulate in "small
groups" in Goma, but that it is difficult to tell precisely how many
are in town (MONUC estimates approximately one battalion). Around
100-150 Republican Guard soldiers are also present in Goma.

4. (SBU) The Director of MONUC Political Affairs noted that MONUC
is attempting to arrange for the withdrawal of all FARDC soldiers
from Goma as they are more of a "nuisance" than anything. He also
declared that MONUC cannot with certainty prevent CNDP infiltration
of Goma and that, if the CNDP were to start fighting within the
city, MONUC would have to concentrate on defending provincial
institutions and UN facilities. He stressed that MONUC cannot fight
in the place of the FARDC, it is not a substitution force.

Press Reports
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5. (SBU) Radio Okapi reported today that the FARDC stated that
there were no fights today between their forces and the CNDP, and
that the FARDC has total control of Goma.


CNDP Statement
--------------

6. (SBU) A statement released under Nkunda's signature declared
that the CNDP has opened "humanitarian corridors" to allow those
displaced to return home and to facilitate the work of humanitarian
organizations.


Frazer visit
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7. (SBU) Assistant Secretary Jendayi Frazer met today with SRSG
Alan Doss and senior MONUC officials, members of the Congolese
military's high command, and President Kabila. She is scheduled to
do a press event this evening.

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