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Cablegate: Eastern Drc Notes - December 3

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL MOPS PHUM PREF KPKO CG
SUBJECT: EASTERN DRC NOTES - DECEMBER 3

REF: KINSHASA 1064


1. (U) The items contained in this report consist principally of
spot information from various sources. This report is not
exhaustive, nor can all the information contained therein be
confirmed at this time.

Security Situation
------------------

2. (SBU) At a December 2 briefing in Goma, MONUC reported that the
CNDP has asked MONUC to clear flight plans with them before flying
over "sensitive" areas. MONUC rejected the request, pointing to its
mandate, which permits the free movement of UN forces anywhere in
the DRC.

3. (SBU) MONUC confirms that the CNDP has withdrawn from Ishasha,
and is at present approximately three kilometers south of Kitanda.
MONUC estimates that there are approximately 500 FDLR members in the
area, although currently most clashes appear to be between Mai Mai
forces and the CNDP.

4. (SBU) The CNDP is, however, maintaining its positions along the
ridgeline southwest of Masisi. The FDLR also has a strong
concentration in the area. A MONUC commander observed that the CNDP
may not move on Masisi, if it wants to avoid a major conflict with
the FDLR.

5. (SBU) The FARDC appears determined to hold Kanyabayonga, and
MONUC's INDBATT has advised the FARDC on proper defensive
deployments around the city. The FARDC has also replaced military
commanders and some forces in the area in a bid to improve its
performance against the CNDP.

Political Developments
----------------------

6. (SBU) Press reporting notes that a meeting of military and
police generals from member states of the Economic Community of
Central African States (CEEAC) is ongoing in Kinshasa. The purpose
of the meeting reportedly is to examine the crisis in eastern DRC,
and draft recommendations for heads of state. (Note: while Post has
heard rumors of a CEEAC heads of state meeting to be held in
Kinshasa as well, it is possible that the current meeting is the one
noted reftel and the only one scheduled for the moment. End note)

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