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Cablegate: Eastern Drc Notes - December 31

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UNCLAS KINSHASA 001172

SENSITIVE
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL MOPS PHUM PREF KPKO CG
SUBJECT: EASTERN DRC NOTES - DECEMBER 31

REF: Kinshasa 1169

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
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2. (SBU) During meetings in Goma on December 29, CHOD Didier Etumba
apparently stressed that FARDC troops needed to immediately vacate
homes they have occupied after residents had fled nearby fighting.

3. (SBU) Etumba called for more joint DDR operations with MONUC
(Note: MONUC trained several FARDC battalions to participate in DDR
operations in South Kivu, but the FARDC forces were subsequently
deployed against the CNDP in North Kivu. End Note). According to
MONUC sources, many civilian GDRC officials believe the FARDC can
disarm the FDLR without MONUC assistance. Etumba rejected the CNDP
assertion that a FARDC/PARECO/Mai Mai/FDLR coalition existed. The
FARDC, Etumba reportedly emphasized, would never cooperate with the
FDLR.

4. (SBU) MONUC reported no changes in FARDC positions, but it
continues to express concern about the very close proximity of the
two sides near Kibati (reftel). UN security officials noted a
growing CNDP presence on the Kibati-Kibumba axis.


LRA - Operation Lightening Thunder
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5. (SBU) CARITAS reported that approximately 400 civilians were
killed by LRA attacks on December 25-27 in at least three different
locations. The head of the Goma OCHA office said her "on-site
sources" have recorded 199 civilian deaths in Duruma, Butima, and
Faradje. However, she acknowledged that this number could rise, as
more bodies are found.

6. (SBU) Unknown numbers of IDPs are moving towards Dungu. Some
LRA troops dispersed as far away as Isiru, southwest of Dungu, so
IDPs moving into the forest are potentially vulnerable.

7. (SBU) Some residents of Faradje who have fled the town (reftel)
have arrived in Tadu and Kpodo. Additional groups are fleeing
toward Watsa, south of Faradje, and also northward to Sudan.
USAID/DART reported the arrival of IDPs in Masbe and in Duru, on the
western edge of Garamba Park. Travel to both villages remains risky
due to LRA presence.

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