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C O N F I D E N T I A L ABUJA 002420 SIPDIS NOFORN E.O. 12958: DECL: 1.6X1 TAGS: PREL, MASS, MARR, KPKO, SL, NI SUBJECT: NIGERIAN ARMY TROOP ROTATION COMPLETELY CANCELLED REF: IIR 6 871 0371 01 Classification derived from IIR 6 871 0371 01; Reason 1.6X1. 1. (U) This is IIR 6 871 0371 01, repeated through State Channels to ensure wider distribution outside of DOD. begin text: 2. (C/NF) Summary: Nigerian army staff stated that latest troop rotation cancelled. Elements of one battalion that had begun to move to Sierra Leone will be recalled. 3. (C/NF) According to Colonel Operations, Colonel D. Kaka, of the Nigerian Army Staff, the troop rotation plan involving 73 and 65 battalions, switching with 5 and 130 battalions has been summarily cancelled. Kaka stated that elements of the 65 battalion had already begun to rotate but that these personnel would return to Nigeria shortly. 4. (C/NF) Kaka clearly was confused regarding the cancellation, literally throwing his hands in the air over the decision to cancel while part of a unit was already deployed (field comment - ironically, Kaka requested that RO find out from the Nigerian Government what was going on). 5. (C/NF) Field Comments: For several weeks, RO has updated Kaka on the UN/US rotation plan in the wake of the Nigerian Presidents decision to support the change. The original rotation plan was changed twice in the last few weeks by UN/US planners. While the first change (both battalions to rotate in January) was accepted by the President, the Nigerian Army had not gotten any word one way or the other. The waters became muddier when we suggested a further change (one battalion to rotate out in September and be replaced by the Senegalese, and the second battalion to rotate in January). Emboffs made calls on Minister of state for Army Lawal Batagarawa explaining the changes and the fact that the Army did not know about them and was proceeding with original rotation plans. The Nigerian army now apparently has chosen to cancel the rotation completely and leave the 5 and 130 battalions in Sierra Leone until the situation clarifies or the Operation Focus Relief phase three units are ready to deploy in December/January timeframe. The fact that source has requested RO to provide him information on what his own government is doing is indicative of sources frustration with the Nigerian bureaucracy and slowness to respond. end text 6. (C) CDA is seeking an appointment with Minister of Defense Danjuma for Tuesday, September 25, to try to put the rotation issue back on track. 7. (U) Freetown minimize considered. Andrews
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