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Title: MANO RIVER UNION SUMMIT CANCELLED, DADIS THREATENS

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SUBJECT: MANO RIVER UNION SUMMIT CANCELLED, DADIS THREATENS 
MEDIA 
 
Classified By: A/DCM Andrew J. McLean for reason 1.4 B/D 
 
¶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. 
 
¶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. 
 
¶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. 
 
¶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. 
 
¶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. 
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