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Title: LIBERIA: GUINEAN JUNTA DELEGATION CALLS ON PRESIDENT

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SUBJECT:  LIBERIA:  GUINEAN JUNTA DELEGATION CALLS ON PRESIDENT 
SIRLEAF 
 
¶1. (U) A Guinean delegation headed by National Council for Democracy 
and Development (CNDD) vice president Brigadier General Mamadou 
Camara called on President Sirleaf in Monrovia December 30 in her 
capacity as chair of the Mano River Union.  President Sirleaf used 
the occasion to press the junta to shorten the transition period and 
civilianize the CNDD, to include more participation of women. 
 
¶2. (SBU) President Sirleaf had called Ambassador in advance of the 
meeting, noting that they were also going to Sierra Leone as well as 
other countries.  She did not know what the message would be but 
thought that she would be asked to support the new Guinean regime. 
She noted that she had also received a call from Senegal President 
Wade asking her to be supportive of it.  She said that she intended 
to stand by the ECOWAS position calling for early elections.  She 
expressed satisfaction that the regime had appointed a civilian 
Prime Minister noting she did not know him. 
 
¶3. (SBU) After the meeting, Minister of State Eddie McClain told 
Ambassador that President Sirleaf and Camara first held a one-on-one 
meeting before joining a larger meeting with the full delegation and 
the Liberian Minister of Defense, National Security Advisor, and the 
National Security Agency head.  In the expanded meeting, Camara 
stated that the military had taken over because the legislature was 
illegally constituted and to avoid a vacuum.  He assured the 
President that the junta's tenure would be short as they prepare for 
elections but did not provide a timeframe. 
 
¶4. (SBU) The delegation agreed to President Sirleaf's request to 
expand civilian participation in the CNDD, including women. 
The Guineans pushed back, however, on her request that the 
transition period be shortened, as 2010 was the end of Kante's term 
as president, and the CNDD needed time to organize municipal and 
legislative elections, which are to be held prior to presidential 
elections.  The CNDD needed time to weed out corruption in the 
military as well.   They would, however, look for ways to shorten 
the time period.  President Sirleaf warned the delegation that junta 
will continue to be ostracized by the International Community. 
 
¶5. (SBU) Comment:  The local press was fully briefed on the meeting, 
and Minister McClain's readout only confirmed and expanded on what 
has been reported publicly.  He was unable to provide a readout on 
the one-on-one meeting, and promised the President would call the 
Ambassador soon.  That that time, the Ambassador will reiterate the 
USG position on the coup.  McClain thought it significant that the 
CNDD delegation avoided Burkina Faso, and more importantly, Cote 
d'Ivoire, in their tour of the region.  We note that apparently, 
according to press reports, the President commended the delegation 
for the choice of Prime Minister Kabinet Komara, as well as the fact 
that no violence had occurred.  That the delegation readily agreed 
to enlarge the CNDD to include more women, it appears that a 
decision has already been made. 
 
THOMAS-GREENFIELD