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Cablegate: Chad Chronicle: Oct 13-17

VZCZCXRO0529
RR RUEHGI RUEHTRO
DE RUEHNJ #0481 2911030
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 171030Z OCT 08
FM AMEMBASSY NDJAMENA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6523
INFO RUEHYD/AMEMBASSY YAOUNDE 1728
RUEHGI/AMEMBASSY BANGUI 1542
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 2342
RUEHTRO/AMEMBASSY TRIPOLI 0487
RUEHKH/AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM 0521
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 1788
RUEHDS/AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA 1008

UNCLAS NDJAMENA 000481

SIPDIS

PARIS AND LONDON FOR AFRICA WATCHERS, STATE FOR AF, AF/C, AF/EPS,
AND AF/RSA
ADDIS ALSO FOR AU

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV PREF ECON PHUM UN LY CT CD
SUBJECT: CHAD CHRONICLE: Oct 13-17

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UN DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL FOR PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS MEETS WITH
PRESIDENT DEBY
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1. MR. ALAIN LE ROY, UN DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL FOR PEACKEEPING
OPRTATIONS, MET WITH PRESIDENT DEBY ON OCTOBER 14. SPEAKING TO THE
PRESS AFTER THE MEETING, MR. LE ROY DECLARED THAT THE AIM OF HIS
VISIT WAS TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF THE MINURCAT, WHICH IS EXPECTED
TO TAKE OVER FROM EUFOR ON MARCH 15, 2009. HE COMMENDED THE CHADIAN
AUTHORITIES FOR COOPERATION WITH THE EUFOR DURING ITS MISSION. AFTER
CHAD, THE UN DELEGATION WILL VISIT SUDAN.

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AU DELEGATION MEETS WITH PRESIDENT DEBY
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2. AN AFRICAN UNION DELEGATION LED BY FORMER PRESIDENT OF BURUNDI,
PIERRE BUYOYA, MET WITH PRESIDENT DEBY ON OCTOBER 15. AFTER THE
MEETING, MR. BUYOYA TOLD REPORTERS THAT HIS DELEGATION WAS SENT BY
THE AU'S PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON THE
CHAD-SUDAN CONFLICT AND ASSESS THE EFFORTS MADE SO FAR TO RESOLVE
IT. HE SAID THAT HIS DELEGATION HAS "REITERATED THE AU'S DEEP
COMMITMENT TO ACHIEVE PEACE BETWEEN THE COUNTRIES" HE ADDED THAT
THAT NOTHING CAN BE ACHIEVED IN AFRICA WITHOUT PEACE.

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PRESIDENT DEBY TRAVELS TO QUEBEC (CANADA)
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3. PRESIDENT DEBY LEFT NDJAMENA ON OCTOBER 16 FOR QUEBEC, CANADA,
WHERE HE WILL ATTEND THE 12TH SUMMIT OF THE "FRANCOPHONIE" MOVEMENT
SCHEDULED TO OPEN ON OCTOBER

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STUDENT PROTESTS CONTINUE
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4. DISCONTENTED UNIVERSITY STUDENTS THREW STONES AT VEHICLES DURING
THE WEEK AND THREATENED MORE SUCH DISTURBANCES IF THEIR OVERDUE
STIPENDS ARE NOT PAID. THEY ARE ALSO AGITATING FOR THE RELEASE OF
FIVE ARRESTED STUDENTS, INCLUDING FOUR GIRLS.

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BUILDING SPREE
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5. PRESIDENT DEBY AND PRIME MINISTER ABBAS EACH LAID CORNER STONES
FOR NEW PROJECTS IN NDJAMENA. DEBY INAGURATED CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW
UNIVERISTY CAMPUS AT TOUKROU, ABOUT TEN MILES FROM THE CITY CENTER.
DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE 4,000 STUDENTS BY 2012, THE CAMPUS PROJECT,
WHICH IS TOTALLY FINANCED BY THE GOC, IS EVIDENCE OF OIL MONEY BEING
SPENT ON SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE. THE PRESIDENT ALSO LAID A CORNER
STONE FOR A CHINESE FINANCED FIVE STAR HOTEL, WHILE THE PRIME
MINISTER BEGAN THE NEW SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS.
MEANWHILE, DRAINAGE WORKS AND PAVING OF SOME OF NDJAMENA'S
RESIDENTIAL STREETS RESUMED AFTER A SEVEN MONTH HIATUS DUE TO LAST
FEBRUARY'S CONFLICT.

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CHILDREN SAVED
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6. A GOOD SAMARITAN SPIRITED TWO ELEVEN YEAR OLD BOYS AWAY FROM THE
ABUSIVE MASTER OF A KORANIC SCHOOL IN MASSAGUET, ABOUT FIFTY MILES
FROM NDJAMENA. A PHOTO OF THE TWO CHILDREN, ONE STILL WEARING LEG
IRONS CLAMPED ON HIM AT THE SCHOOL, WAS PUBLISHED BY LE PROGRES
NEWSPAPER. AUTHORITIES ARE CARING FOR THE KIDS AND SEEKING TO
REUNITE THEM WITH THEIR FAMILIES. MEANWHILE THE POLICE ARE
INVESTIGATING THE ABUSIVE MASTER WITH INTENT TO PROSECUTE.

GRIBBIN

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