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Cablegate: Kinshasa: 1998 Annual Terrorism Report

R 171631Z DEC 98
FM AMEMBASSY KINSHASA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 0348

UNCLAS KINSHASA 006205

DEPT FOR S/CT FOR REAP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER
SUBJECT: KINSHASA: 1998 ANNUAL TERRORISM REPORT

REF: STATE 202128

1. KINSHASA'S ANNUAL SUBMISSION FOR THE DEPARTMENT'S
REPORT HAS BEEN CLEARED BY ALL RELEVANT SECTIONS IN
THE EMBASSY.

2. AS REQUESTED, THE RESPONSE MIRRORS THE FORMAT
PROVIDED IN REFTEL.

A) THERE HAVE BEEN NO ACTS OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM
OR SIGNIFICANT ACTS OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM DURING 1998.
CONSEQUENTLY, THERE HAVE BEEN NO COURT ACTIONS AND NO
JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS TO MEASURE THE HOST GOVERNMENT
ACTIONS IN THIS AREA.

B) THE GDROC HAS NOT EXTRADITED OR BEEN REQUESTED TO
EXTRADITE ANY SUSPECTED TERRORISTS DURING THE YEAR NOR
HAS THE USG REQUESTED ANY SUCH ACTION.

C) N/A

D) THE GDROC STRONGLY CONDEMNED THE TERRORIST
BOMBINGS OF THE US EMBASSIES IN NAIROBI AND DAR ES
SALAAM. THE STATEMENTS WERE MADE PUBLICLY BY
PRESIDENT KABILA IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BOMBINGS.

E) N/A

F) ACCORDING TO OTHER REPORTING THERE MAY BE PASSIVE,
FINANCIAL SUPPORT GROUPS OF THE HIZBOLLAH IN KINSHASA.
THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT THE GDROC SUPPORTS, KNOWS OF
OR ASSISTS THIS GROUP IN ANY WAY.

G) WHILE THE GDROC HAS MADE NO PUBLIC STATEMENTS IN
SUPPORT OF A TERRORIST-SUPPORTING COUNTRY ON A
TERRORISM ISSUE, IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THREE STATE
SPONSORS OF TERRORISM ARE SUPPORTING THE GDROC IN ITS
CURRENT WAR. THE SUPPORTING NATIONS ARE: LIBYA, SUDAN
AND CUBA.

H) N/A

I) N/A

J) OUTSIDE OF REOUESTING NAME TRACES AND DOCUMENT
SEARCHES, THERE HAVE BEEN NO SUBSTANTIAL REQUESTS MADE
OF THE GDROC IN THIS AREA. THE GDROC HAS ALWAYS BEEN
COOPERATIVE IN THE AREA OF NAME TRACES AND DOCUMENT
SEARCHES BUT IS LIMITED IN THE ABILITY TO CONDUCT A
COMPLETE AND CONVINCING SEARCH.

JI) N/A

JII) THERE ARE CURRENTLY TWO OPEN CT CASES THAT THE
RSO IS WORKING WITH THE GDROC. IN ALL RESPECTS THE
GDROC HAS EXPRESSED THE DESIRE TO INVESTIGATE AND
ASSIST BUT IT IS CLEAR THAT PERSONNEL HAVE NO
EXPERIENCE, ARE ILL-TRAINED AND EQUIPPED AND REQUIRE
MUCH COACHING IN ANY TERRORIST INVESTIGATION.

K) THE GDROC IS CURRENTLY COOPERATING BY ALLOWING THE
US EMBASSY TO SEAL OFF NORMAL VEHICULAR TRAFFIC AROUND
THE CHANCERY AND CONSULATE (BOTH SIT DIRECTLY ON THE
STREET). WHILE THE GDROC HAS VERBALLY INDICATED THAT
THE STREETS CAN BE CLOSED DOWN IT IS UNCERTAIN IF THE
GDROC WILL ALLOW THIS TO BE MADE A PERMANENT DETERRENT
TO TERRORISM.


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