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Cablegate: Election Funding Released

Published: Mon 25 Oct 2004 09:15 AM
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.
UNCLAS KINSHASA 001980
SIPDIS
SENSITIVE
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KDEM PGOV CG
SUBJECT: ELECTION FUNDING RELEASED
REF: KINSHASA 1934
1. (SBU) Reftel reported that CIAT members had agreed to
request a meeting with Vice President Bemba to discuss the
Finance Ministry's refusal to release $3.6 million provided
by the French to support election preparations. A letter was
subsequently sent to Bemba, outlining the reason that a
meeting with him was being requested.
2. (SBU) At a regularly-scheduled CIAT meeting on October 21,
the French ambassador reported that almost $1.3 million had
been released. It represents the first of a planned three
tranches of the disbursement.
3. (SBU) Comment: The CIAT letter to Bemba was apparently
enough to end the logjam, and no further CIAT action on this
matter is anticipated. End comment.
MEECE
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