US embassy cable - 05NDJAMENA277

CHAD SEEKS RAPID ACTION ON SUDAN TRIBUNAL, UNDECIDED ON MODALITY

Identifier: 05NDJAMENA277
Wikileaks: View 05NDJAMENA277 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Ndjamena
Created: 2005-02-22 14:17:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: KDEM KPKO PHUM PREL CD SU Darfur Policy and Rebels
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C O N F I D E N T I A L NDJAMENA 000277 
 
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STATE FOR S/WCI PROSPER; LONDON AND PARIS FOR AFRICA 
WATCHERS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/21/2015 
TAGS: KDEM, KPKO, PHUM, PREL, CD, SU, Darfur Policy and Rebels 
SUBJECT: CHAD SEEKS RAPID ACTION ON SUDAN TRIBUNAL, 
UNDECIDED ON MODALITY 
 
REF: A. NDJAMENA 260 
 
     B. PROSPER/WALL EMAIL MESSAGE OF 02/19/2005 
     C. LIBREVILLE 121 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Marc M. Wall for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
1.  (C)  Upon receiving ref B (notal), the Ambassador 
followed up to clarify Chad's views on a Sudan tribunal based 
on prior statements of support for our position in Libreville 
on February 11 (ref C).  The Ambassador contacted President 
Deby's Special Advisor Alam-mi Ahmad by telephone February 19 
and subsequently conveyed our additional points by an email 
exchange.  On February 21, the Ambassador met with Alam-mi in 
his office to provide a text with a French translation and 
discuss the points more thoroughly.  Alam-mi had participated 
in the meeting with President Idriss Deby February 18 (ref A) 
and was thus fully familiar with the issue. 
 
2.  (C)  In the meeting February 21, the Ambassador observed 
that many of the concerns raised by President Deby February 
18 were related to the capacity of the African Union (AU) to 
take on responsibilities for a Sudan tribunal.  He stressed 
the United States is determined to assure the AU has the 
resources for the task.  It would work with partners in the 
United Nations as well as the AU to achieve that.  Addressing 
concerns that the tribunal could become overburdened with 
cases arising from other African conflicts, the Ambassador 
underlined the point that for now its mandate would be 
limited to Sudan, though it could evolve into a permanent AU 
court in the future if AU members desired.  The Ambassador 
urged Chad to join with other AU members to support the 
concept of a joint AN/UN tribunal for Sudan.  He also asked 
that, if it is not yet ready to do so, it delay a decision on 
its position. 
 
3.  (C)  Alam-mi confirmed that Chad is still considering how 
to assure accountability in Darfur.  He said it would decide 
on its position only in the course of consultations within 
the AU.  He stressed the urgency of rapid action on setting 
up a tribunal.  He referred to a proposal under review to 
establish a permanent AU court in July.  He believed action 
on Sudan had to start much sooner than that.  The Ambassador 
noted the infrastructure for a Sudan tribunal already exists 
in Arusha. 
 
4.  (C)  Alam-mi mentioned AU Chairperson Konare's plans to 
visit to New York.  Describing him as the conscience of the 
AU, Alam-mi said Konare would be key in shaping the AU's 
position.  The Ambassador responded that we understand Konare 
is favorable toward the idea of a tribunal with a strong AU 
role (ref B).  Alam-mi noted President Obasanjo would carry 
significant influence as well.  Alam-mi promised to share our 
additional points with President Deby and said it would not 
be necessary to approach him directly again at this stage. 
He said that, even if pressed by others, Chad plans to 
refrain from endorsing any approach while still reviewing its 
position and consultations within the AU continue. 
 
5.  (C)  Comment:  Chad wants a Sudan tribunal, but is not 
ready to commit on where or how it is established.  It will 
defer to other, more influential AU members on that issue. 
End Comment. 
 
6.  (U)  Khartoum Minimize Considered. 
WALL 
 
 
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