C O N F I D E N T I A L CONAKRY 000408
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/14/2019
TAGS: PGOV PREL KPAO XA GV
SUBJECT: MANO RIVER UNION SUMMIT CANCELLED, DADIS THREATENS
Classified By: A/DCM Andrew J. McLean for reason 1.4 B/D
Â¶1. (SBU) Summary: Captain Moussa Dadis Camara told RTG
national television that his July 11 order to place Guinean
troops on alert would not derail election preparations. He
also threatened to arrest anyone criticizing the communique.
The media reacted negatively to the July 11 communique, while
Liberia and Guinea-Bissau denied any sort of threat was
originating from their territory. A previously scheduled
Mano River Union meeting for July 14 was cancelled due to the
heightened state of alert of Guinean troops. End summary.
Â¶2. (U) On July 13, Dadis gave an interview with public and
private media regarding the communique that placed troops
along the Senegalese, Liberian and Guinea-Bissau border on
alert. The interview was given after a meeting between Dadis
and the President of Sierra Leone, who was in town for the
start of a Mano River Union meeting, scheduled for July 14.
Dadis assured the media that the communique had nothing to do
with politics and was strictly a military matter. He said
that the state of alert would not disrupt preparations for
elections. He made a distinction between civilian and
military matters and said he is committed to the timeline for
elections. He then stated that anyone criticizing the
communique, including the media, would be arrested.
Â¶3. (U) The July 11 communique, which said that troops funded
by narco-traffickers were poised to invade Guinea from
Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and Liberia, was met with strong
reactions by Guinea's neighbors. The head of Guinea-Bissau's
armed forces, Zamora Induta, told Agence France Presse, "We
have no troops on the border with Guinea. The only elements
we have are a detachment of border guards, customs agents and
border police, nothing more." Liberian Information Minister
Lawrence Bropley strongly denied the allegations. He told
VOA that Liberia would never again be used by groups to
destabilize other countries in the sub-region.
Â¶4. (C) A Mano River Union summit, which was to include the
presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote
d'Ivoire, was cancelled suddenly July 14, the day it was to
begin. Bropley told VOA that the meeting would be held at a
later date. The Liberian Ambassador told the Charge
d'Affaires that President Gbagbo of Cote d'Ivoire cancelled
the meeting because he did not receive enough assurances from
Dadis about security in Guinea. He said President Sirleaf of
Liberia then cancelled her visit because she would not attend
without Gbagbo. The Sierra Leonean President also left
Guinea after the meeting was cancelled.
Â¶5. (C) Comment: The collapse of the Mano River Union summit
indicates that Dadis's communique is having international
repercussions. Press reports indicate that the public is
highly skeptical of the threat posed by Guinea's neighbors.
Dadis's threat to arrest anyone criticizing the communique
could also have a chilling effect on reporting on the
subject. One reporter from RFI told PD LES that he was now
afraid to report on any criticism of the communique. There
are reports that senior members of the CNDD are embarrassed
by the situation and that Dadis's chief henchman Claud Pivi
has arrested 30 officers who disagree with Dadis's
communique. End comment.