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Cablegate: Security Council Calls for Increased Cooperation

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SUBJECT: SECURITY COUNCIL CALLS FOR INCREASED COOPERATION
TO ADDRESS THE LRA THREAT

1. (SBU) UN Department of Political Affairs U/SYG Pascoe
briefed the Security Council on November 17 in closed
consultations on the UN's efforts to address the Lord's
Resistance Army (LRA). He said that the UN was improving its
inter-mission cooperation and information sharing, and that
the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) was offering the Ugandan
defense forces logistical support. MONUC reported fewer than
100 LRA members in the DRC, where over the last year the LRA
was reported to have killed 700 civilians, abducted more than
1,400, and displaced 270,000. Pascoe noted atrocities were
continuing in Southern Sudan, with reports of 216 killed, 149
abducted, and 79,000 displaced, and in the Central African
Republic (CAR), with 9 attacks reported since September. He
said that the UN has had no contact with LRA leader Joseph
Kony for more than 18 months, and that Kony's whereabouts
were unknown.

2. (SBU) Ambassador DiCarlo expressed concern at the LRA's
expansion into Sudan and CAR. She was joined by all Council
members in calling for greater UN cross-mission information
sharing. She also encouraged the UN to establish mechanisms
to improve cooperation and coordination among its operations
in the region. French Deputy PermRep de Riviere requested
that the Secretary-General report on how to improve regional
and inter-UN cooperation to respond to the LRA threat.

3. (SBU) UK Deputy PermRep Parham said that UNMIS must be
willing to act to protect civilians, and urged greater
cooperation between the Ugandan forces and the UN. Ugandan
PermRep Rugunda said regional cooperation was good, and urged
all UN actors, including the peacekeeping missions in the
DRC, Sudan and Darfur, and CAR, to improve cooperation and
coordination and improve the protection of civilians, and
noted that at present more than 90 percent of LRA members
were non-Ugandan.

4. (SBU) Following the meeting, the President of the Council,
Austrian PermRep Mayr-Harting, read a press statement agreed
to by Council members. The statement, inter alia, encouraged
states in the region to cooperate fully and share information
with the UN, and called on the UN missions in the region to
coordinate strategies for protection of civilians in light of
the attacks by the LRA.

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