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2000-06-13 15:02:00
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Embassy Harare
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UNHCR LAWYER SKETCHES OUT POSSIBLE END GAME FOR

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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6301
INFO USINT HAVANA IMMEDIATE 
COMMISSIONER USINS WASHDC IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI 
AMEMBASSY LONDON 
AMEMBASSY LUSAKA 
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA 
AMEMBASSY ROME 
USMISSION GENEVA 
AMEMBASSY CAIRO 
AMEMBASSY ABIDJAN
						C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 HARARE 003164 

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WHA/CCA

NAIROBI FOR REFCOORD AND INS

ROME FOR INS

LONDON FOR PFLAUMER

E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/13/10
TAGS: PREF PGOV PHUM PREL ZI CU
SUBJECT: UNHCR LAWYER SKETCHES OUT POSSIBLE END GAME FOR
CUBAN DOCTORS

REF: HARARE 3162

CLASSIFIED BY DCM EARL M. IRVING FOR REASONS 1.5 B/D.



1. (C) A DOWNCAST MICHIEL SALOMONS (PROTECT) BRIEFED DCM
ON JUNE 13 ON WHAT HE VIEWS AS A WORSENING OUTLOOK FOR
THE RESOLUTION OF THE CASES OF CUBAN DOCTORS LEONEL
CORDOVA RODRIGUEZ AND NORIS DEL CARMEN PENA MARTINEZ.
SALOMONS, WHO CONTINUES TO GET THE RUNAROUND FROM
ZIMBABWEAN AUTHORITIES, ALSO SPECULATED THAT THE UNITED
NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR) IN GENEVA
MIGHT DROP THE CASE. HE EXPLAINED THAT UNHCR HEAD OGATA
HAD VISITED HAVANA RECENTLY IN AN EFFORT TO SECURE
CUBA'S ACCESSION TO THE 1951 CONVENTION CONCERNING
REFUGEES. MS. OGATA FOUND FIDEL CASTRO IMPRESSIVE,
ACCORDING TO SALOMONS. CASTRO IN TURN PROMISED MS.
OGATA "HUNDREDS" OF CUBAN DOCTORS TO ASSIST UNHCR, A
DANGLED ATTRACTION WHICH MAY NOW BE INFLUENCING MS.
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OGATA'S PROFESSIONAL AND IMPARTIAL VIEW OF THE FATE OF
THE DOCTORS BEING HELD IN LOCAL DETENTION.



2. (C) SALOMONS ALSO TOLD US THAT HE HAD BEEN INFORMED
THAT THE QUESTION OF THE RELEASE OF THE CUBAN DOCTORS
COULD BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE CABINET IN ITS REGULAR
WEEKLY MEETING ON JUNE 13. IF THE CABINET DOES NOT ACT
ON IT TODAY, SALOMONS THOUGHT IT WOULD ONLY RETURN TO
THE ISSUE OF THE CUBANS' PLIGHT AFTER THE ELECTIONS. HE
SPOKE OMINOUSLY OF A CUBAN TRANSPORT PLANE BEING MOVED
FROM GABON TO ZIMBABWE IMMINENTLY TO FORCIBLY REPATRIATE
THE PAIR TO CUBA.



3. (C) SALOMONS THOUGHT THAT IF THE U.S. REALLY WISHED
TO GRANT ASYLUM TO THE CUBANS, THEN IT SHOULD ENGAGE
DIRECTLY WITH PRESIDENT MUGABE, BECAUSE HE BELIEVED
CASTRO WAS ALREADY DOING SO. LEFT TO UNHCR, THE CASE
MIGHT GO TWO WAYS. ZIMBABWE WOULD GRANT TO THE UNHCR
"MANDATE STATUS", MEANING THE UN COULD RETURN THE PAIR
TO CUBA, RELYING ON THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT'S PUBLIC
PROMISE THAT NO HARM WOULD BEFALL THEM AS THEY HAD
COMMITTED NO CRIME, OR, THE PAIR COULD BE SETTLED IN A
THIRD COUNTRY. EVEN THOUGH SALOMONS HAD ARGUED THAT THE
TWO CUBANS WERE BONA FIDE REFUGEES, HE THOUGHT THE USG
WOULD HAVE TO PRESS UNHCR HARD TO ESTABLISH THAT THEY
HAD A WELL-FOUNDED FEAR OF PERSECUTION IF RETURNED TO
THEIR HOMELAND. SALOMONS STATED THAT THE CUBANS HAD BEEN
MODEL CITIZENS IN CUBA AND THAT THEIR CLAIM FOR REFUGEE
STATUS ONLY AROSE AFTER THEY MADE ANTI-CASTRO REMARKS TO
THE NEWSPAPERS IN ZIMBABWE. FINALLY, SALOMONS PROPOSED A
"LOCAL SETTLEMENT", IN, WHICH THE CUBANS MIGHT BE
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ALLOWED TO REMAIN IN ZIMBABWE NOT FOR TWO WEEKS, BUT FOR
PERHAPS A YEAR, AS HAD BEEN THE CASE WITH CUBAN DOCTORS
WHO DEFECTED IN VENEZUELA.



4. (C) IN WHAT WE VIEW AS A POSSIBLE FURTHER MUDDYING
OF THE WATERS, THE TEACHER (MADZIYA) WITH WHOM THE
CUBANS HAD BEEN STAYING TELEPHONED THE EMBASSY TODAY.
HE TOLD US THAT A POLICE SERGEANT CHIDHARARA AT
GOROMONZI DETECTION CENTER HAD BEEN IN TOUCH TO REQUEST
THAT MADZIYA TURN OVER THE CUBANS' PASSPORTS, MONEY AND
ANY OTHER BELONGINGS IN HIS POSSESSION. HE DID NOT
STATE IF THE REASON BEHIND HIS REQUEST WAS AN IMPENDING
DEPARTURE FROM ZIMBABWE, OR A LIKELY EXTENDED STAY AS A
GUEST OF HIS FACILITY.



5. (C) COMMENT: SALOMONS CAME LATE TO THE REALIZATION
OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE CASE, AS EVIDENCED BY HIS
OFFHAND COMMENT TO INS OFFICER VARSANI THAT HE WAS
SURPRISED BY THE AMOUNT OF PUBLICITY THAT THE CUBANS'
CASE HAS GENERATED. SALOMONS APPEARS UNABLE TO
ANTICIPATE OR DECIPHER THE POLITICAL ENDGAMES BEING
PLAYED BY THE GOVERNMENT, AND UNFORTUNATELY HIS
MALADROITNESS TRANSLATES INTO ANOTHER WEAK LINK IN THE
CHAIN. NEVERTHELESS, WE CANNOT RULE OUT THE POSSIBLE
SCENARIOS HE HAS OUTLINED, OR THE VALIDITY OF HIS

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6248A3 131458Z /38
O 131502Z JUN 00
FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6302
INFO USINT HAVANA IMMEDIATE
COMMISSIONER USINS WASHDC IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI
AMEMBASSY LONDON
AMEMBASSY LUSAKA
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA
AMEMBASSY ROME
USMISSION GENEVA
AMEMBASSY CAIRO
AMEMBASSY ABIDJAN

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 02 OF 02 HARARE 003164

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR PRM A/S TAFT, PRM/A, PRM/AAA, AF/S, AF/PD,
CONFIDENTIAL

PAGE 02 HARARE 03164 02 OF 02 131457Z
WHA/CCA

NAIROBI FOR REFCOORD AND INS

ROME FOR INS

LONDON FOR PFLAUMER

E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/13/10
TAGS: PREF PGOV PHUM PREL ZI CU
SUBJECT: UNHCR LAWYER SKETCHES OUT POSSIBLE END GAME FOR
CUBAN DOCTORS

INFORMATION REGARDING MS. OGATA AND FACTORS AFFECTING
HER ACTIONS. END COMMENT.

MCDONALD

CONFIDENTIAL

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