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00HARARE3563
2000-06-29 16:14:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Harare
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ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO DEFER

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291614Z Jun 00


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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6477
INFO USINT HAVANA PRIORITY 
COMMISSIONER USINS WASHDC PRIORITY
AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM PRIORITY 
AMEMBASSY LUSAKA 
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA 
AMEMBASSY ROME 
USMISSION GENEVA 
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI 
AMEMBASSY LONDON
						C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 HARARE 003563 

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR PRM A/S TAFT, PRM/A, PRM/AAA, AF/S, AF/PD,
WHA/CCA
NAIROBI FOR REFCOORD AND INS
ROME FOR INS
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LONDON FOR PFLAUMER

E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/29/10
TAGS: PREF PGOV PHUM PREL ZI CU
SUBJECT: ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO DEFER
RELEASE OF CUBAN DOCTORS

REF: HARARE 3485

CLASSIFIED BY AMBASSADOR TOM MCDONALD FOR REASONS 1.5
B/D.



1. (C) IN INTRODUCING CONSUL TO DOMINIC BARTSCH, UNHCR
SENIOR DURABLE SOLUTIONS OFFICER (THE UN OFFICER
REPLACING ATTORNEY MICHIEL SALOMONS), UNHCR REGIONAL
REPRESENTATIVE OLUSEYI BAJULAIYE SAID THAT MOVEMENT ON
THE RELEASE OF THE CUBAN DOCTORS HAD GROUND TO A HALT.
HE TOLD US THAT THERE HAD BEEN NO PROGRESS EITHER BY THE
GOVERNMENT OF ZIMBABWE OR UNHCR IN FINDING A SOLUTION TO
THE CASE OF CUBAN DOCTORS LEONEL CORDOVA RODRIGUEZ AND
NORIS DEL CARMEN PENA MARTINEZ. BAJULAIYE SAID THAT
ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS HAD INFORMED HIM THAT
PRESIDENT MUGABE IS "MUCH TOO BUSY" TO MAKE A DECISION
REGARDING THE CUBANS. INDEED, WE CAN AVER THAT MUGABE
HAS BEEN CONSUMED WITH DEALING WITH THE AFTERMATH AND
PUTTING TOGETHER A CABINET FOLLOWING THE RECENT
PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION IN WHICH HIS PARTY NARROWLY WON A
MAJORITY.



2. (C) BAJULAIYE REPORTED TO CONSUL THAT THE LETTER HE
HAD DRAFTED FOR MRS. OGATA TO SEND TO PRESIDENT MUGABE
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WAS STILL ON THE DESK OF THE UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR
REFUGEES. HE OPINED THAT THE HIGH COMMISSIONER MAY BE
WAITING FOR THE RETURN TO GENEVA OF DEPUTY HIGH
COMMISSIONER SOREN JESSEN-PETERSEN, WITH WHOM SHE WOULD
LIKE TO CONSULT PRIOR TO TAKING ANY ACTION. JESSEN-
PETERSEN'S LETTER TO VICE PRESIDENT JOSEPH MSIKA REMAINS
UNANSWERED, ACCORDING TO THE REGIONAL UNHCR
REPRESENTATIVE. BAJULAIYE ALSO REVEALED THAT DOCTORS
CORDOVA AND PENA HAD WRITTEN LETTERS TO THE ZIMBABWEAN
GOVERNMENT IN WHICH THEY PLEADED FOR THE RIGHT TO BE
RESETTLED IN ONE OF TWO COUNTRIES THAT HAVE ACCEPTED
THEM AS REFUGEES. THE UNHCR REPRESENTATIVE STATED THAT
NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENED, HE WOULD RETURN TO LUSAKA ON
SATURDAY, JULY 1, AND THAT BARTSCH WOULD BE LEAVING ON
SUNDAY, JULY 2. THE CASE WOULD THEN PASS INTO THE HANDS
OF LOCAL UNHCR REPRESENTATIVE JOHN ADU, WHO WILL BE
RETURNING AFTER A VACATION FROM LONDON ON JULY 2.



3. (C) CONSUL GAVE TWO TOILETRY KITS TO BAJULAIYE TO
DELIVER TO THE CUBAN DOCTORS. SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS
COMMITTEE STAFF MEMBER G. GARRETT GRIBSBY BROUGHT THE
KITS, BUT WAS UNABLE TO HAND THEM OVER PERSONALLY,
HAVING BEEN DENIED ACCESS TO THE DOCTORS. THE REGIONAL
UNHCR REPRESENTATIVE REPORTED THAT HIS STAFF HAD
DELIVERED THE KITS TO THE DESPONDENT CUBANS ON JUNE 29.
A FRUSTRATED BAJULAIYE SAID THAT HE WOULD SPEAK ONE MORE
TIME TO THE PERMANENT SECRETARIES OF THE MINISTRIES OF
FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND HOME AFFAIRS AS WELL AS THE CHIEF OF
IMMIGRATION TO INFORM THEM OF HIS INTENTION TO RETURN TO
LUSAKA BECAUSE OF LACK OF PROGRESS IN THE CASE. HE
SUGGESTED THAT LEGAL INTERVENTION (NOT BY UNHCR) MAY BE
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A FINAL OPTION TO SECURE THE RELEASE OF THE CUBANS, AS
IT WAS "ILLEGAL" FOR THE ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT TO
CONTINUE TO KEEP THEM IN JAIL WHEN THEY HAD COMMITTED NO
CRIME IN ZIMBABWE.



4. (C) SWEDISH AMBASSADOR LENNARTH HJELMAKER TOLD DCM
ON JUNE 29 THAT SWEDEN IS PREPARED TO HELP RESETTLE THE
CUBANS, BUT AT PRESENT IS UNSURE OF WHAT HIS COUNTRY'S
ROLE IN THE CASE SHOULD BE. THE SWEDES ARE OCCASIONALLY
IN TOUCH WITH UNHCR IN HARARE, BUT HAVE NOT HEARD FROM
THEM IN OVER A WEEK. THE SWEDISH AMBASSADOR SPECULATED
THAT THE ZIMBABWEANS SUSPECT THAT SWEDEN IS MERELY AN
ENTREPOT FROM WHICH THE CUBAN DOCTORS WILL PROCEED
DIRECTLY TO THE UNITED STATES. HE CONTINUED THAT HE HAD
NOT DISCUSSED THE CASE WITH THE ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT.
SWEDEN HAD BEEN VERY CRITICAL OF PRESIDENT MUGABE'S USE
OF VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATION IN THE RECENTLY CONCLUDED
PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION CAMPAIGN, A REASON THE SWEDISH
AMBASSADOR SPECULATED THE FORMER WOULD NOT WANT SWEDEN
TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. CANADIAN DEPUTY HIGH
COMMISSIONER RON WILLSON TOLD DCM ON JUNE 29 THAT CANADA
STANDS READY TO RECEIVE THE CUBANS, BUT REMARKED THAT
HIS GOVERNMENT HAD NOT BEEN APPROACHED SINCE INITIAL
DISCUSSIONS BY UNHCR IN THIS CONNECTION SOME THREE WEEKS

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ACTION AF-00

INFO LOG-00 NP-00 AID-00 ACQ-00 CIAE-00 SMEC-00 INL-01
DODE-00 DOEE-00 WHA-00 SRPP-00 DS-00 EB-00 EUR-00
FBIE-00 VC-00 H-01 TEDE-00 INR-00 IO-00 LAB-01
L-00 VCE-00 AC-01 NSAE-00 NSCE-00 OIC-02 OMB-01
OPIC-01 PA-00 PM-00 PRS-00 ACE-00 P-00 SP-00
SSO-00 STR-00 TRSE-00 USIE-00 PMB-00 DSCC-00 PRM-01
DRL-02 G-00 NFAT-00 SAS-00 /011W


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688402 291610Z /38
O 291614Z JUN 00
FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6478
INFO USINT HAVANA PRIORITY
COMMISSIONER USINS WASHDC PRIORITY
AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM PRIORITY
AMEMBASSY LUSAKA
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA
AMEMBASSY ROME
USMISSION GENEVA
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI
AMEMBASSY LONDON

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 02 OF 02 HARARE 003563

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR PRM A/S TAFT, PRM/A, PRM/AAA, AF/S, AF/PD,
WHA/CCA
NAIROBI FOR REFCOORD AND INS
ROME FOR INS
CONFIDENTIAL

PAGE 02 HARARE 03563 02 OF 02 291610Z
LONDON FOR PFLAUMER

E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/29/10
TAGS: PREF PGOV PHUM PREL ZI CU
SUBJECT: ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO DEFER
RELEASE OF CUBAN DOCTORS

AGO. WILLSON REPORTED THAT CUBAN AMBASSADOR TO ZIMBABWE
RODOLFO SARRACINO HAD ASKED CANADIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER
JAMES WALL SOME TIME AGO, "WHY DON'T YOU TAKE THEM?"

MCDONALD

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