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Cablegate: Guinea: Update On Dadis Camara's Health

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RUEHOU/AMEMBASSY OUAGADOUGOU IMMEDIATE 0589
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/16/2019
TAGS: PINR PGOV PREL XA MO
SUBJECT: GUINEA: UPDATE ON DADIS CAMARA'S HEALTH

REF: A. STATE 127514
B. OUAGADOUGOU 1158

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Classified By: DCM ROBERT P. JACKSON FOR REASONS 1.4(B) AND (D).

1. (S) Summary: In separate meetings on December 16 with
the Moroccan Foreign Minister Taieb Fassi Fihri and XXXXXXXXXXXX
the Mission learned that the health of wounded Guinean junta leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara has improved and that his release from the hospital may be imminent. Fassi Fihri told the Ambassador that the GOM would keep Dadis Camara in Morocco until the end of the month, while XXXXXXXXXXXX outlined some of the reasons Dadis should not resume a role in Guinean politics. Both described ethnic politics in Guinea and the need for free and fair elections. Fassi Fihri noted as well that elections would not solve the problems
because the army is so factionalized and ethnic conflict in
Guinean society is so prevalent. End Summary.

2. (S) In a December 16 meeting with the Ambassador,
Moroccan Foreign Minister Fassi Fihri related that he had
visited Dadis Camara on Wednesday, December 9, and that he
had been conscious but not coherent. Dadis arrived in a
coma, and doctors removed bullet fragments from his skull.
He continued to recover, according to Fassi Fihri, and was
now able to speak. He has reportedly asked the GOM to help
him tape a five-minute television appearance for Guinean
television. Fassi Fihri stated that Dadis's admission to
Morocco was a humanitarian gesture and that the GOM would
keep him in Morocco until the end of December. The Minister
noted as well that Libya would be willing to accept Dadis
Camara.

3. (S) Fassi Fihri also said that the Guinean Defense
Minister, General Sekouba Konate, had told the GOM that he
wished to visit Morocco to meet with Dadis, presumably to
evaluate his ability to govern. The GOM was likely to honor
Konate's request but only after the December 18 release of
the report on the September massacre. However, Fassi Fihri
also expressed pessimism about a Konate-led government,
calling the Konate a drunkard.

4. (S/NF) Also on December 16, XXXXXXXXXXXX told PolOff that Moroccan doctors are expected imminently to release Dadis Camara from the hospital, but that there could be long-term health consequences from the failed December 3 shooting. XXXXXXXXXXXX
reported that Moroccan officials have not allowed him, Guinean dignitaries, or the Guinean Ambassador to visit Dadis Camara, but that he received regular medical updates from an unnamed Moroccan source who was providing care for the junta leader at the
Mohammed V Military Hospital in Rabat. XXXXXXXXXXXX
said Dadis was alert but was not expected to return fully to his
previous state of health.

5. (S/NF) XXXXXXXXXXXX described the "ethnicization" of Guinea and the risk of conflict and violence like in Rwanda. He stated that Dadis Camara has recruited mercenaries from South Africa and Israel and assembled them, along with some of his own men, in Forecariah, in the ethnically Sussu region in the west of the country, while Dadis was from the Forest region to the east. His militia numbered 2,000-3,000 and wss armed with weapons from Ukraine. The risk of conflict and destabilization threatened the entire region, he said.

6. (S/NF) XXXXXXXXXXXX handed a handwritten document of unknown origin to PolOff describing Dadis as a philandering, mentally unstable, heavy drinker and drug abuser given to delusions. The document also outlined a plan for the future of Guinea, proposing that Guinean Minister of National Defense Sekouba Konate lead a ten-member civilian/military committee to restore order in the country, after which trade

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unionist Dr. Ibrahima Fofana would serve as transitional
president for six months until presidential elections were
held.

7. (S/NF) Comment: Fassi Fihri,s discussion of Guinea
contrasted sharply with his much more emotional, less
objective discussion of Western Sahara. In any case, with
Dadis Camara evidently recovering and the GOM agreeing to
keep him in Morocco only until the end of December, the
situation in Guinea could become more complicated unless the
international community can persuade Konate and the Economic
Community of West African States to act quickly. End comment.

8. (U) Tripoli minimize considered.


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