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Cablegate: Cndp Requests Drc Parliament Role in Nairobi

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 KINSHASA 001166

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL MOPS PHUM PREF KPKO CG
SUBJECT: CNDP REQUESTS DRC PARLIAMENT ROLE IN NAIROBI
TALKS

KINSHASA 00001166 001.6 OF 002


1. CNDP Spokesman Bertrand Bisimwa sent a letter, dated December
25, requesting that the presidents of the DRC National Assembly and
Senate, Vital Kamerhe and Leon Kengo wa Dondo, respectively,
participate as facilitators in negotiations between the CNDP and
GDRC in the Nairobi political talks. The CNDP claims that the
presence and influence of the parliamentary leaders in Nairobi would
facilitate a rapid conclusion to the peace negotiations. Unofficial
embassy translation follows. Original French version is at
paragraph 3.

2. Begin unofficial translation of CNDP letter of request:

Bwiza, December 24, 2008

Information copies to:

-- 1. Chief Olesegun Obasanjo, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary
General for Central Africa and principal mediator for the crisis in
the east of the DRC, in Nairobi, Kenya;

-- 2. Mr. Benjamin Mkapa, AU Emissary for the Great Lakes region
and co-mediator for the crisis in the east of the DRC, in Nairobi,
Kenya;

-- 3. Ambassador Alan Doss, Special Representative of the UN
Secretary General in the DRC, Kinshasa.

RE: Request for facilitation in the Nairobi negotiations

To the Honorable:

-- President of the National Assembly, Kinshasa;
-- President of the Senate, Kinshasa;

Honorable Presidents:

On behalf of the political directorate of our movement, we have the
honor to address to you the present message, to make you aware of
our great concern regarding your absence from the negotiations
between our movement and the Government of Kinshasa, currently
underway in Nairobi, Kenya.

Our Movement remains convinced that, in your capacity as accredited
representatives of the Congolese people, the support of your two
parliamentary institutions in the aforementioned discussions is of
capital importance, not only because of your good offices vis-`-vis
the parties to facilitate the rapid conclusion of an agreement, but
also because of your role as the guardian of the People's
interests.

Therefore, as one of the two parties to the ongoing peace process,
our Movement requests your presence at the Nairobi negotiations as
facilitator and asks you to kindly exercise your influence vis-`-vis
the Government of the Republic, the other party to the negotiations,
to obtain agreement on this issue, because a lasting and definitive
peace in the east in particular, and in the Democratic Republic of
the Congo in general, is at stake.

Please accept, Honorable Presidents, the expression of my greatest
consideration.

For the political directorate of the CNDP,
the Chairman Laurent Nkunda Mihigo,
Major General

End unofficial translation of CNDP statement

3. Begin original French version of CNDP statement:

BWIZA, LE 24 DCEMBRE 2008

TRANSMIS COPIE POUR INFORMATION A:

-- 1. SON EXCELLENCE CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANDJO, ENVOYE SPECIAL DU
SECRETAIRE GENERAL DES NATIONS-UNIES POUR L'AFRIQUE CENTRALE ET
MEDIATEUR PRINCIPAL DANS LA CRISE A L'EST DE LA RDC A
NAIROBI/KENYA;

-- 2. SON EXCELLENCE MONSIEUR BENJAMIN MKAPA, EMISSAIRE DE L'UA DANS
LA REGION DES GRANDS-LACS ET COMEDIATEUR
DANS LA CRISE A L'EST DE LA RDC A NAIROBI/KENYA;

-- 3. SON EXCELLENCE MONSIEUR L'AMBASSADEUR ALLAN DOSS, REPRESENTANT
SPECIAL DU SECRETAIRE GENERAL DES NATIONS - UNIES EN RDC A
KINSHASA/GOMBE.


KINSHASA 00001166 002.3 OF 002


OBJET: DEMANDE DE FACILITATION DANS LES NEGOCIATIONS DE NAIROBI

AX HONORABLES:
-- MONSIEUR LE PRESIDENT DE L'ASSEBLEE NATIONALE A KINSHASA/PALAIS
DU PEUPLE/LINGWLA;

-- MONSIEUR LE PRESIDENT DU SENAT A KINSHAS/PALAIS DU
PEUPLE/LINGWALA;

HONORABLES MESSIEURS LES PRSIDENTS,


AU NOM DE LA DIRECTION POLITIUE DE NOTRE MOUVEMENT, NOUS AVONS
L'HONNEUR DE VUS ADRESSER LA PRESENTE POUR VOUS FAIRE PART DE NOTRE
TRES GRANDE PREOCCUPATION AU SUJET DE
VOTRE ABSENCE AUX NEGOCIATIONS ENTRE NOTRE MOUVEMENT ET LE
GOUVERNEMENT DE KINSHASA QUI SE TIENNENT PRESENTEMENT DANS LA
CAPITALE KENYANE, NAIROBI.

NOTRE MOUVEMENT RESTE CONVAINCU QU'EN VOTRE QUALITE DES
REPRESENTANTS ATTITRES DU PEUPLE CONGOLAIS, L'APPORT DE VOS DEUX
INSTITUTIONS PARLEMENTAIRES AUXDITES DISCUSSIONS EST D'UNE
IMPORTANCE CAPITALE AUSSI BIEN A TRAVERS LES BON OFFICES AUPRES DES
PARTIES POUR FACILITER LA CONCLUSION RAPIDE D'UN ACCORD MAIS AUSSI
PAR VOTRE RLE DE SENTINELLE DES INTERETS DU PEUPLE.

AINSI,EN SA QUALITE DE L'UNE DES DEUX PARTIES AU PROCESSUS DE PAIX
EN COURS, NOTRE MOUVEMENT SOLLICITE VOTRE PRESENCE AUX NEGOCIATIONS
DE NAIROBI EN QUALITE DE FACILITATEUR ET VOUS PRIE DE BIEN VOULOIR
EXERCER VOTRE INFLUENCE SUR LE GOUVERNEMENT DE LA REPUBLIQUE,
L'AUTRE PARTIE AUX NEGOCIATIONS, POUR OBTENIR SON ACCORD A CE SUJET,
CAR LA PAIX DURABLE ET DEFINITIVE A L'EST DU PAYS EN PARTICULIER ET
EN REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO EST A CE PRIX.

CNDP
CONGRES NATIONAL POUR LA DEFENSE DU PEUPLE
REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO

VEUILLEZ AGREER, HONORABLES MESSIEURS LES PRESIDENTS, L'EXPRESSION
DE NOTRE TRES HAUTE CONSIDERATION.

POUR LA DIRECTION POLITIQUE DU CNDP
LE CHAIRMAN LAURENT NKUNDA MIHIGO
GENERAL MAJOR

End original French version of CNDP statement

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