Cablegate: Guinea Update: Dadis Camara to Leave Morocco?
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S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 RABAT 001009
STATE FOR AF, AF/W, NEA/MAG, AND INR/AA
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/27/2019
TAGS: PINS PGOV PREL PINR GV MO
SUBJECT: GUINEA UPDATE: DADIS CAMARA TO LEAVE MOROCCO?
REF: RABAT 0988
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Classified By: Charge d'Affaires, a.i., Robert P. Jackson for reasons 1
.4 (b) and (d).
1. (S) Summary: Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chief
of Staff and Director General of Multilateral Relations
Nasser Bourita told the Charge on December 28 that the health
of wounded Guinean junta leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara
has improved and that he has sought to leave Morocco.
Bourita reiterated that Dadis Camara arrived without prior
consultation with the GOM, but he was allowed into Morocco
for treatment of his wounds. Charge noted that Guinea seems
to have become calmer in Camara's absence and stressed that
it would be helpful if he were to remain out of the country.
Bourita stated that the GOM shared U.S. concerns about the
stability of Guinea and the region and wished to help find a
solution, but he added that there are no grounds upon which
to keep Camara any longer. He urged the U.S. and France to
avoid making any public request that Morocco keep Dadis
Camara. End Summary.
2. (S/NF) In a meeting on December 28, Moroccan MFA Chief of
Staff Nasser Bourita told Charge and A/PolCouns that Dadis
Camara had wanted to leave Morocco last week but that the GOM
decided to keep him here until the end of the month for
continuing medical treatment. He added that Guinean Minister
of National Defense Sekouba Konate is due to arrive about
20:30 GMT on December 28 to visit Dadis, who is still the
leader of Guinea. Bourita suggested that Konate was not
preparing to take over that role. Konate has wanted to see
Dadis for some time, presumably to make his own assessment of
Dadis, health. XXXXXXXXXXXX corroborates that a plane carrying Konate has left Conakry.
3. (C) In explaining the GOM's desire to help find a
peaceful solution to the problems in Guinea, Bourita said
Morocco's relations with Guinea and other countries must be
taken into consideration. It is not for Morocco, he said, to
turn Dadis Camara over to the ICC. He added that were a
Security Council resolution forthcoming, it would put the GOM
in a difficult position but would, of course, be binding.
Bourita asked rhetorically whether "out of Guinea" meant "in
Morocco" or that Morocco should help find a third-country
location for Dadis Camara. Bourita stressed that the U.S.
and France should avoid any public request for Morocco to
keep Dadis. Bourita further urged that the U.S. and France
should maintain contact with Foreign Minister Taieb Fassi
Fihri while the Minister is in Tripoli, Libya, for the Arab
Maghreb Union Ministerial, December 28 to 30.
4. (C) Echoing comments made to A/PolCouns several weeks ago
by the MFA Director of African Affairs, Bourita went on to
say that it would be better to find a way to deal with Dadis
Camara in Guinea. He noted that Dadis still enjoyed
considerable support in the country and stressed the need to
keep Dadis calm and confident about his future. To do
otherwise, he said, risked more violence and more bloodshed.
5. (S/NF) XXXXXXXXXXXX declared that Dadis' return to Guinea would lead to significant problems. He said he learned from doctors attending to Dadis that he was doing quite well, and he confirmed that Konate was on his way to Rabat to meet with the junta leader and perhaps return with him to Guinea. XXXXXXXXXXXX said he had contacted General Mamadouba Toto Camara in Conakry and was told Dadis' imminent return to Guinea "was a lie."
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6. (C) Comment: While we understand both from Bourita and
from French Ambassador Joubert that French President Sarkozy
planned to discuss Guinea with King Mohammed VI during their
&family dinner8 on December 27, there do not appear to have
been any breakthroughs.
7. (S/NF) We believe Bourita is sincere in expressing the
GOM's desire to help Guinea. However, with no legal or
medical basis to keep Dadis here and without any country
other than Libya prepared to accept him on a legal or medical
basis, Bourita's suggestion that Dadis be dealt with in
Guinea may be the only viable option. End Comment.
8. (U) Tripoli minimize considered.
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