Search

 

Cablegate: Gdrc Issues Statement On Relations with Angola;

VZCZCXRO8167
PP RUEHBZ RUEHDU RUEHGI RUEHJO RUEHMR RUEHRN
DE RUEHKI #1058 3381730
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 041730Z DEC 09
FM AMEMBASSY KINSHASA
TO RUEHLU/AMEMBASSY LUANDA PRIORITY 1977
RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0369
INFO RUEHXR/RWANDA COLLECTIVE
RUCNSAD/SOUTHERN AF DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHDC
RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE
RUZEJAA/JAC MOLESWORTH RAF MOLESWORTH UK

UNCLAS KINSHASA 001058

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR AF/FO, AF/C, AF/S AND L/AN (OHAHS)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL EPET CG AO
SUBJECT: GDRC ISSUES STATEMENT ON RELATIONS WITH ANGOLA;
REAL DEAL IS OFFSHORE OIL

1. (SBU) Following increased tensions between the Democratic
Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Angola (for
summary, see septel on SA Wolpe's visit to Kinshasa), on
December 2 the DRC's Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent to all
diplomatic missions in Kinshasa a statement clarifying its
position on GDRC-GOA bilateral relations. Translated text of
statement (attached to diplomatic note no. 130.07/0554/2009)
follows at para 2. More analysis will follow septel.

2. (U) Begin unofficial translation of MFA statement

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has become aware of the
content of the press release of the sister Republic of Angola
regarding the state of relations between the Republic of
Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, whose wide
distribution has included all foreign chanceries, thereby
provoking the attention and the concerns of the chief of our
diplomatic missions.

Therefore, while we recommend calm and serenity to all
concerned, the MFA wishes to dispel any misunderstanding and
put the issue of the state of relations between the DRC and
its sister Republic of Angola back into proper perspective by
reviewing the actual underlying context of the problem, the
real background for Angola,s reaction.

While true that there are here and there a few problems
regarding land borders and of expulsions in both directions
of
nationals from either country, an issue which indeed has been
addressed during negotiations held in Kinshasa on October 13,
2009, and at the end of whic a satisfactory resolution was
achieved by referring the borders issue to an ad hoc
commission to be formed later, the real problem that hits a
sensitive nerve in the Republic of Angola is the fact that
the DRC legitimately exercised its right, as recognized for
all coastal states by the Montego Bay Convention, by
submitting its preliminary request for a hearing to the
Commission on Borders of the Continental Shelf.

Rightfully indeed, and regardless of the degree to which the
request is well-founded, the DRC,s maritime territory shall
be reconsidered which, obviously will not be without
consequences for the Republic of Angola, which until the
present time has been exploiting exclusively for its own
profit, all resources found in the Continental Shelf
including, particularly, oil.

However, as our two countries have said on many occasions
through diplomatic notes, the DRC remains, to the extent
possible, prepared to settle the issue peacefully and through
negotiations.

Therefore, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DRC calls
on all diplomatic missions to remain calm, and maintain the
firm hope that regardless of the nature of problems that may
exist, they will never alter the good and profound relations
that have united our sister countries for ages.

Done in Kinshasa, on December 2, 2009
Alexis Thambwe Mwamba

3. (SBU) Comment. Relations between the DRC and Angola have
deteriorated steadily over the past months, as reported by
embassies Luanda and Kinshasa. Saber-rattling by both sides
resulted in the expulsions of tens of thousands of
expatriates from both countries, apparently for reasons that
have little to do with the official justifications. Until
recently, neither side wanted to discuss publicly the
underlying cause of the dispute between them -- DRC,s claim
Qunderlying cause of the dispute between them -- DRC,s claim
that Angola is stealing its undersea oil -- although both
have asked for help privately in demarches to us and, we
assume, others. The Congolese have now announced they are in
the first stages of referring the matter for international
arbitration, apparently in the hope the Angolans will offer
to resolve the disagreement amicably through direct talks or
with the help of mutually agreed facilitators. This approach
would suggest that the Congolese are not fully confident they
can win in an international court. The ball is in Angola,s
court. End comment.
GARVELINK

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

UN: Violations Of Palestinian Rights Puts Two-State Solution At Risk, Chief Warns
The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, continues to pose a significant challenge to international peace and security, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, said on Monday... More>>



Oxfam: Afghanistan Faces Multiple Crises

ActionStation, Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand, Christian World Service, Oxfam Aotearoa and World Vision New Zealand say that while Afghanistan faces chronic poverty, persistent droughts, war, the Covid-19 pandemic and an economic crisis, winter is about to bring a whole new set of challenges...More>>

AFTINET: New COVID Strain Postpones WTO Meeting

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Meeting scheduled for November 30-December 3 has been postponed indefinitely because the new Omicron strain of the COVID-19 virus in African countries with low vaccination rates prevents many African and other delegations from attending the meeting...
More>>


Focus On: UN SDGs

Food: Three Billion People Cannot Afford A Healthy Diet

Approximately three billion people, almost 40 per cent of the world’s population, cannot afford a healthy diet and another one billion people would join their ranks should further unpredictable events reduce incomes by one-third, the UN food agency said, launching a new report on Tuesday... More>>

COP26: Enough Of ‘Treating Nature Like A Toilet’ – Guterres Brings Stark Call For Climate Action To Glasgow
As the World Leaders Summit opened on day two of COP26, UN chief António Guterres sent a stark message to the international community. “We are digging our own graves”, he said, referring to the addiction to fossil fuels which threatens to push humanity and the planet, to the brink, through unsustainable global heating... More>>


Climate: ‘Vague’ Net Zero Promises Not Enough: Planet Still On Track For Catastrophic Heating, UN Report Warns

New and updated commitments made ahead of the pivotal climate conference COP26 in the past months are a positive step forward, but the world remains on track for a dangerous global temperature rise of at least 2.7°C this century even if fully met, a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has warned... More>>