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SUBJECT: EU READOUT OF FIRST DAY OF DAKAR ACCORD TECHNICAL TALKS IN
N'DJAMENA

1. (SBU) The EU Special Envoy for Sudan and Eastern Chad, AMB
Torben Brylle, gave us NOV 13 a readout on the first day of the
technical military experts talks that took place on NOV 12. We
inform addressees of its content in paras 2-5, below.

2. (SBU) The NOV 12 meeting was cut short and substantive work
postponed to NOV 13 for the following reasons:

-- The "new" concept paper (a sort of mission concept of operations)
presented by Chad was not translated into Arabic and thus could not
be consulted by the Libyan delegation. Translation is now under
way.

-- The Gabonese and the Senegalese delegations were absent,
scheduled to arrive Ndjamena NOV 13.

3. (SBU) The meeting was nevertheless opened by FM Faki with very
encouraging words on the planning process. Libya, Sudan, and Chad
all made opening statements expressing their intention and
willingness to work towards the common goal.

4. (SBU) The sense is that the planning, after many months, is
taking some shape, and it appears that the Contact Group plenum,
scheduled for NOV 15, will be able to adopt some coherent planning
documents and also discuss in further detail the financing of the
process. It is not completely unlikely therefore that there will be
an embryo of deployment, at least initially to the headquarters in
Tripoli, within the next few months (something that will cost
little). There remains, however, some skepticism among observers
regarding this process, the political willingness and motivation
behind it, including the ability to finance it.

5. (SBU) The heightened motivation by Sudan, Chad, and the
"regional states" that observers have noted at this time could come
in part from their desire to "manage" the crisis themselves, which
could undermine arguments for robust MINURCAT II and UNAMID
deployments.

6. MINIMIZE CONSIDERED.

NIGRO

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