US embassy cable - 02ROME3119

APPREHENDING GENOCIDAIRES IN THE REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Identifier: 02ROME3119
Wikileaks: View 02ROME3119 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Rome
Created: 2002-06-25 15:14:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PHUM KJUS KAWC CG CF RW IT ICTR
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C O N F I D E N T I A L ROME 003119 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/25/2012 
TAGS: PREL, PHUM, KJUS, KAWC, CG, CF, RW, IT, ICTR 
SUBJECT: APPREHENDING GENOCIDAIRES IN THE REPUBLIC OF THE 
CONGO 
 
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REF: A. ROME 2990 
     B. ROME 2982 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE PIERRE-RICHARD PROSPER 
FOR REASONS 1.5 (B) AND (D) 
 
1. (U) AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE FOR WAR CRIMES ISSUES 
PIERRE-RICHARD PROSPER AND SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT 
AND NSC SR. DIRECTOR FOR AFRICAN AFFAIRS DR. JENDAYI FRAZER 
MET WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (ROC), 
DENIS SASSOU-NGUESSO, ON JUNE 13 IN ROME, WHERE HE WAS 
ATTENDING A WORLD FOOD SUMMIT.  POLOFF RAFIK MANSOUR AND 
S/WCI JONATHAN CROCK WERE ALSO PRESENT.  AMB. PROSPER 
EXPLAINED THE LAUNCHING OF THE REWARDS FOR JUSTICE CAMPAIGN 
IN NAIROBI, KENYA TO APPREHEND PERSONS INDICTED FOR GENOCIDE 
BY THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR RWANDA (ICTR) 
THROUGH A REWARD OF UP TO $5 MILLION, AND THE PLANNED 
EXPANSION OF THE CAMPAIGN TO THE CONGO REGION IN JULY (SEE 
REFTELS). 
 
2. (C) AMB. PROSPER REQUESTED SASSOU-NGUESSO,S SUPPORT FOR 
APPREHENDING PERSONS INDICTED FOR GENOCIDE BY ICTR, 
SUGGESTING A CAMPAIGN TO ADVERTISE THE REWARDS FOR JUSTICE 
PROGRAM AND A VISIT TO THE ROC.  AMB. PROSPER GAVE 
SASSOU-NGUESSO THE NAMES OF THREE FUGITIVES WHO ARE REPORTED 
TO BE IN THE ROC: AUGUSTIN BIZIMANA, JEAN-BAPTISTE GATETE, 
AND IDELPHONSE HATEGEKIMANA.  PRES. SASSOU-NGUESSO STATED 
THAT &AS WITH ANY OTHER GENOCIDE,8 HE IS TOTALLY IN SUPPORT 
OF APPREHENDING THE PERPETRATORS AND WOULD COOPERATE VERY 
OPENLY.  HE WELCOMED A VISIT BY AMB. PROSPER TO BRAZZAVILLE 
AND COMMENTED THAT WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THESE FUGITIVES 
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THEY CAN BE FOUND IN HIS SMALL COUNTRY.  HE REQUESTED THAT 
THE NAMES OF THESE FUGITIVES ALONG WITH ANY FURTHER 
INFORMATION THE USG HAS BE PRESENTED BY THE U.S. AMBASSADOR 
TO THE ROC (S/WCI WILL PROVIDE TO AMBASSADOR SEPTEL). 
 
3. (C) PRES. SASSOU-NGUESSO EMPHASIZED THE NEED TO SOLVE THE 
REFUGEE PROBLEM TO SECURE STABILITY IN THE REGION AND PREVENT 
A CIRCLE OF VIOLENCE.  HE STATED THAT 12,000 HUTU REFUGEES 
FROM RWANDA HAVE DOUBLED THE POPULATION OF THE NORTHERN 
REGION.  THEY ARE LIVING IN VERY DIFFICULT CONDITIONS AND ARE 
BEING IGNORED BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, HE SAID. 
 
4. (C) AMB. PROSPER SAID THE KEY TO THE PROBLEM IS SOLVING 
THE ISSUE OF THE GENOCIDAIRES.  DR. FRAZER STRESSED THE 
IMPORTANCE OF APPREHENDING ICTR INDICTEES WHO ARE FUELING THE 
ONGOING CONFLICT.  THESE FUGITIVES FORM THE LEADERSHIP OF THE 
ARMY FOR THE LIBERATION OF RWANDA (ALIR) AND ARE EFFECTIVELY 
HOLDING LOWER-LEVEL COMBATANTS HOSTAGE.  DR. FRAZER STATED 
THAT RWANDAN PRESIDENT PAUL KAGAME HAS GIVEN ASSURANCES THAT 
THE RANK AND FILE CAN BE REPATRIATED IN RWANDA, BUT WE MUST 
FIRST DEAL WITH THE LEADERS. 
SEMBLER 
 
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