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Cablegate: Uganda/Somalia: Amisom Security for National Reconciliation

Published: Mon 23 Jul 2007 10:40 AM
VZCZCXRO9717
RR RUEHDE RUEHROV RUEHTRO
DE RUEHKM #1194 2041040
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 231040Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY KAMPALA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 9109
INFO RUEHKH/AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM 0612
RUCNIAD/IGAD COLLECTIVE
RUCNSOM/SOMALIA COLLECTIVE
UNCLAS KAMPALA 001194
SIPDIS
SENSITIVE
SIPDIS
DEPARTMENT FOR AF/RSA BITTRICK AND ORTH; AF/E FOR GAREY
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV MARR SO UG
SUBJECT: UGANDA/SOMALIA: AMISOM SECURITY FOR NATIONAL RECONCILIATION
CONGRESS
REF: STATE 99425
1. (SBU) Per reftel, Political/Economic Chief and Defense Attache
personnel have raised the issue of security arrangements for the
National Reconciliation Congress (NRC) with Ugandan Peoples' Defense
Forces Joint Chief of Staff BG Robert Rusoke and UPDF Spokesman
Major Felix Kulayigye on July 18 and 20. The talking points and
Joint Security Mechanism responsibilities also were given to
Minister of Defense Crispus Kiyonga.
2. (SBU) Kulayigye stated that Captain Paddy Ankunda's comments
were taken out of context. The UPDF is stretched thin and each of
the 900 participants in the NRC cannot expect personal security
guarantees. Rusoke and Kulayigye both stated that the UPDF
considers providing security for the NRC as part of its mandate and
would participate on the Joint Security Mechanism. Rusoke
emphasized that the AMISOM's top priority is providing protection to
the Transitional Federal Government.
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