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00HARARE5602 2000-10-03 12:42:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Harare
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MBEKI TO CONVENE MEETING OF EXTERNAL

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1. (C) AMBASSADOR REACHED FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER
STANISLAUS MUDENGE BY PHONE ON OCTOBER 2 TO FOLLOW UP ON
REF A DEMARCHE. MUDENGE HAD BEEN UNAVAILABLE WHEN
DEMARCHE WAS DELIVERED TO MFA PERMANENT SECRETARY
WILLARD CHIWEWE SEPTEMBER 29 (REF B). AMBASSADOR URGED
MUDENGE TO USE ZIMBABWE'S INFLUENCE WITH KABILA TO
PERMIT THE FULL MOVEMENT OF MONUC FORCES IN THE DROC AND
TO ABIDE BY THE LUSAKA ACCORDS. MUDENGE REPORTED THAT
SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT MBEKI WILL CONVENE SHORTLY A
MEETING OF THE HEADS OF STATE OF THE EXTERNAL SIGNATORY
COUNTRIES TO ASSESS THE CURRENT STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION
OF THE LUSAKA ACCORDS AND TO URGE KABILA TO ABIDE BY
LUSAKA AND IMPLEMENT THE PEACE PROCESS. THE MEETING WAS
ORIGINALLY TO HAVE TAKEN PLACE OVER THE SEPTEMBER 30-
OCTOBER 1 WEEKEND, BUT MBEKI POSTPONED IT. MUDENGE
REPORTED THAT PRESIDENT MUGABE SUPPORTS THE IDEA OF SUCH
A MEETING. AMBASSADOR CONVEYED U.S. SUPPORT FOR
DISCUSSIONS THAT WOULD FURTHER THE PEACE PROCESS WITHOUT
COMPROMISING THE LUSAKA AGREEMENTS.



2. (C) COMMENT: MUDENGE HAS BEEN LARGELY INACCESSIBLE
SINCE RETURNING FROM WASHINGTON LAST MONTH AS HIS WIFE
HAS BEEN QUITE ILL. MUDENGE DID NOT STATE THE NATURE OF
HER ILLNESS, BUT SAID THAT SHE WOULD REMAIN IN HARARE
FOR TREATMENT. ALTHOUGH THE MFA HAS FOR SOME TIME BEEN
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RATHER DYSFUNCTIONAL, MUDENGE'S RECENT UNAVAILABILITY,
THE LACK OF A DEPUTY MINISTER AND AN EXPERIENCED
PERMANENT SECRETARY HAS RENDERED THE MFA PARTICULARLY
INEFFECTIVE. WE WILL CONTINUE TO APPROACH OTHER SENIOR
INTERLOCUTORS IN GOVERNMENT TO EMPHASIZE THE NEED FOR
ZIMBABWE TO DO EVERYTHING IT CAN TO ENSURE THAT LUSAKA
SUCCEEDS.

MCDONALD

CONFIDENTIAL

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