US embassy cable - 00KINSHASA8514

KINSHASA EAC RECOMMENDATIONS

Identifier: 00KINSHASA8514
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Origin: Embassy Kinshasa
Created: 2000-12-22 15:01:00
Classification: SECRET
Tags: ASEC PGOV CG
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S E C R E T KINSHASA 008514 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/04/2010 
TAGS: ASEC, PGOV, CG 
SUBJECT: KINSHASA EAC RECOMMENDATIONS 
 
REF: A. STATE 241205 
     B. KINSHASA 8504 
     C. KINSHASA 8510 
 
 
CLASSIFIED BY ARSO JULIE STANSFIELD FOR REASONS 1.5 (B/D). 
 
 
1. (C) SUMMARY: EMBASSY KINSHASA'S EAC REVIEWED A VARIETY OF 
REPORTS AND DEVELOPMENTS THAT POTENTIALLY AFFECT SECURITY. 
THE EAC DETERMINED THAT A PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT ADVISING 
AGAINST TRAVEL TO LUBUMBASHI IS IN ORDER AND AGREED TO REMAIN 
ALERT TO FURTHER EVENTS. END SUMMARY 
 
 
2. (S) EMBASSY KINSHASA'S EAC MET ON DECEMBER 21 AND 22 TO 
REVIEW THE FOLLOWING: 
 
 
-- REPORTS ON TWO DIFFERENT REBEL OFFENSIVES IN KATANGA AND 
EQUATEUR (REF B); 
 
 
-- CONCERNS ABOUT THE SECURITY SITUATION IN LIGHT OF SOCIAL 
PRESSURES THAT MOUNT DURING THE HOLIDAY PERIOD; 
 
 
-- A VARIETY OF THREATS AND THREAT REPORTS INCLUDING THE 
EXPANSION OF SELF-DEFENSE FORCES IN KINSHASA (FAP), COUP 
RUMORS AND REPORTS OF THE FORMATION OF A "SECRET" ARMY; 
 
 
-- THE HEIGHTENED WORLDWIDE RISK OF TERRORIST ATTACK (REF A). 
 
 
3. (C) THE EAC AGREED THAT EMBASSY KINSHASA'S CURRENT 
SECURITY PROFILE, WHICH INCLUDES A CURFEW FOR USG EMPLOYEES, 
A 50 PERCENT REDUCTION IN STAFF DUE TO HOLIDAY TRAVEL, A 
NEWLY REVISED TRIP-WIRE LIST (REF C), IMPROVEMENTS IN EMBASSY 
READINESS, AND AN EMBASSY-WIDE COMMITMENT TO GOOD SECURITY 
PRACTICES, POSITION US WELL TO MEET ANY DEVELOPMENTS THAT 
MIGHT ARISE OVER THE HOLIDAYS. THE EAC FURTHER AGREED THAT, 
WHILE THERE ARE REASONS FOR CONCERN, THERE IS NO HARD 
EVIDENCE THAT ANY SIGNIFICANT EVENT IS IMMINENT. 
 
 
4. (C) HOWEVER, THE EAC APPROVED SEVERAL PRECAUTIONARY 
MEASURES: 
 
 
-- A WARDEN MESSAGE AND PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT TO ADVISE 
AMERICANS THAT THE FALL OF PWETO COMBINED WITH GOVERNMENT 
TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS MAKE IT ADVISABLE TO AVOID ALL BUT 
ESSENTIAL TRAVEL TO LUBUMBASHI AND KATANGA PROVINCE (TWO 
EMBASSY EMPLOYEES CANCELED PLANS TO VISIT LUBUMBASHI THIS 
WEEK.); 
 
 
-- THE EAC AND THE AMBASSADOR AGREED THAT THE EMBASSY CURFEW 
SHOULD NOT BE SUSPENDED FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY; 
 
 
-- IN ADDITION TO THE DUTY OFFICER, THE RSO AGREED TO SERVE 
AS A POINT OF CONTACT TO COORDINATE INFORMATION FLOWS OVER 
THE WEEKEND. 
 
 
5. (U) THE EAC WILL MEET AGAIN NEXT WEEK TO REASSESS THE 
SITUATION. 
SWING 

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