Viewing cable 05NDJAMENA1487
Title: CHAD PROTESTS CROSS-BORDER ATTACK FROM SUDAN

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05NDJAMENA14872005-10-04 07:04:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Ndjamena
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/03/2015 
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SUBJECT: CHAD PROTESTS CROSS-BORDER ATTACK FROM SUDAN 
 
REF: A. IIR 6 910 0091 
     ¶B. STATE 182626 
 
Classified By: Political/Economic Officer Kathleen FitzGibbon for reaso 
ns 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (U)  This is an action request for AF/SPG, AF/PD.  See 
paragraph 7. 
 
¶2.  (C) Summary: Chad has told the Government of Sudan to 
close its consulate in Abeche and announced the withdrawal of 
its consulate from El Geneina, Sudan after a cross-border 
jandjaweed attack killed over 36 civilians on September 26. 
Chadian Foreign Minister Ahmad Allam-mi informed Ambassador 
Wall that these measures were being taken to protest Sudan's 
support, direct or indirect, for the jandjaweed incursion 
into Chad.  Allam-mi requested support from the U.S. and 
international community for its diplomatic efforts and other 
steps it is taking to protect peaceful Chadian civilians from 
future attacks.  Allam-mi also expressed Chad's frustration 
with Sudan's failure to follow through on its promises to 
stop support for cross-border activities and its "false" 
commitment to the negotiations on Darfur.   He stated that 
Sudan is "buying time" in the political talks to impose a 
military solution in Darfur and that Sudanese officials 
behind the Darfur policy also want to destabilize the 
Zaghwa-led government in Chad.  Post proposes amending AF 
press guidance and demarche requests on the increasing 
violence in Darfur to reflect our concerns about cross-border 
attacks and loss of life in Chad.  End Summary. 
 
¶3.  (C)  On October 3, Foreign Minister Allam-mi called in 
Ambassador Wall to discuss Chad's formal protest to the 
Government of Sudan over a border incursion that killed at 
least 36 civilians in eastern Chad on September 26.  Allam-mi 
reported that a joint assessment team which included Minister 
of Defense Bichara and Minister of Territorial Administration 
General Mahamat Ali Abdallah found that jandjaweed from Sudan 
were responsible for the attack.  The attackers were wearing 
Sudanese military uniforms.  In describing the incident, 
Allam-mi said that initially seven area residents were killed 
and 37 heads of cattle stolen.  The local villagers tried to 
defend themselves and were able to trap some of the 
jandjaweed.  Another group of jandjaweed intervened as did 
Chadian soldiers.  In the ensuing fight, at least 36 Chadian 
villagers were killed, although local traditional authorities 
say over 50 people were killed.  Three Chadian soldiers will 
killed and five jandjaweed were killed.  Seven perpetrators 
were captured, among them a fifteen-year-old boy who is being 
turned over to the International Committee of the Red Cross. 
We continue to receive differing reports of the numbers of 
people killed and wounded in the attack.  (Ref A) 
 
¶4.  (C) Allam-mi said that Chad is closing its consulate in 
El Geneina and has told the GOS to close its consulate in 
Abeche, Chad.  The closure will be effective for an 
undetermined amount of time.  According to Allam-mi, the 
Sudanese Consulate in Abeche is used by the GOS intelligence 
service to destabilize Chad.  He also noted that the 
instability in Darfur has ended cross-border commercial 
activity and obviates the need for the consulates.  Allam-mi 
said that normal relations will continue to exist between 
Chad and Sudan.  Chad will insist that an investigation of 
the cross-border action be carried out.  Allam-mi asserted 
that Chad is not at war with Sudan, but is determined to stop 
the border incursions caused by insecurity in Darfur. 
Allam-mi requested the assistance of the African Union and 
the international community to support Chad's efforts to 
protect its citizens from attacks from Sudanese aggressors. 
Ambassador Wall expressed condolences for the deaths of the 
Chadian citizens involved in the attack.  He assured Allam-mi 
that the U.S. is ready to use its influence and diplomatic 
resources to stop the violence against civilians. 
 
¶5.  (C)  The Sudanese Government offered to send a delegation 
to Chad headed by Minister of Agriculture Magzoub Khaliffa to 
discuss the issue.  Allam-mi said that Chad has refused the 
delegation.  He said that Chad is tired of "playing a game of 
hide-and-seek" in which the GOS fails to follow through on 
its promises to stop its negative activities.  He noted that 
the GOS is using airplanes to carry out attacks.  Allam-mi 
joked that to his knowledge, no jandjaweed have pilot 
 
licenses so the GOS cannot shirk its responsibility. 
Ambassador Wall asked if Chad had any idea why the GOS would 
allow the cross-border incursion and if the cross-border 
attack is related to the recent upsurge of violence in 
Darfur.  Allam-mi explained that in his personal opinion, the 
GOS has no political will to end the violence in Darfur and 
is buying time at the negotiating table to impose a military 
solution.  Allam-mi cited GOS attacks during negotiations as 
an example of its lack of commitment to the peace process. 
Allam-mi also accused the GOS of buying off of leaders of the 
Darfur rebel movements, Justice and Equality Movement's 
President Khalil Ibrahim and Sudan Liberation Movement's 
(SLM) Chairman Abdelwahid Nur.  Allam-mi said that in 
accepting a deal with the GOS, Khalil and Abdelwahid have 
sacrificed their own people. 
 
¶6. (C) Allam-mi expressed his view that the incursion was 
part of a larger plan to destabilize Chad.  On October 1, 
Allam-mi told the Ambassador that he believes Vice President 
Taha and Intelligence Director Salah Gosh are behind the 
intertribal war between the Arab militias and the African 
populations in Sudan.  He asserted that President Bashir is 
powerless to stop them.  Allam-mi said the architects of the 
Darfur crisis also see the Zaghawa-led government in Chad as 
another target of opportunity for destabilization.  Border 
incursions can set in motion the same dynamic in Chad.  In 
both meetings, Allam-mi alluded to the proverbial "sword of 
Damocles" hanging over Chad's head as symbolic of "poor" 
Chad's relationship with wealthy and powerful Sudan. 
 
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ACTION REQUEST 
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¶7.  (C) Post recommends that AF/SPG add language to demarches 
(Ref B) and press guidance regarding our position on the 
increasing violence in Darfur to reflect our concerns about 
cross-border jandjaweed attacks.  "The United States, at the 
highest-levels, is gravely concerned by the upsurge in 
violence in Darfur, particularly reports of jandjaweed 
attacks on Aro and Sharow DIP camp and surrounding villages 
and by reports of incursions into  neighboring Chad, as well 
as GOS attacks on civilians and IDPs in and around the 
village of Tawila." 
 
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COMMENT 
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¶8.  (C) As Special Advisor for International Relations to 
President Deby and now as Foreign Minister, Allam-mi has been 
involved in Chad's mediation attempts on the Darfur issue 
since its beginning.  His frustration reflects Chad's 
concerns that it cannot adequately protect its citizens from 
cross-border attacks.  Left unsaid was the possibility that 
Sudanese Government-backed Chadian rebels may have been part 
of this recent cross-border activity.  We have some doubts 
about the attacks being solely jandjaweed, but we do share 
the GOC's concerns about insecurity in Darfur spilling across 
the border.  We believe it is important to note the loss of 
Chadian lives as the result of Sudanese-sponsored 
cross-border activity in Chad. 
 
¶9.  (C) Tripoli Minimize Considered. 
WALL 
 
 
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