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2000-11-07 15:35:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Harare
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UNDP RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE ANGELO SHARES HIS

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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7575
INFO NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI
						C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 HARARE 006281 

SIPDIS

NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR GAYLE SMITH
LONDON FOR CGURNEY
PARIS FOR BISA WILLIAMS
PASS USAID FOR AFR/SD - DWELLER, AND AFR/SA - CPALMA,
NNEWMAN

NAIROBI FOR PFLAUMER

PASS USTR - ROSA WHITAKER
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/07/10
TAGS: PGOV EAGR ZI
SUBJECT: UNDP RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE ANGELO SHARES HIS
VIEWS ON THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CRISIS IN ZIMBABWE


CLASSIFIED BY AMBASSADOR TOM MCDONALD. REASONS 1.5 (B)
AND (D).



1. (C) SUMMARY: AMBASSADOR MCDONALD, ACCOMPANIED BY
LABOFF, PAID A CALL NOVEMBER 6 ON RECENTLY ARRIVED UNDP
RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE (RES REP) VICTOR ANGELO TO
DISCUSS THE CURRENT POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CRISIS IN
ZIMBABWE. THE RES REP TOLD THE AMBASSADOR THAT WHILE
THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS IN THE DIPLOMATIC COMMUNITY IN
HARARE WHO WANT TO TAKE A WAIT-AND-SEE ATTITUDE
REGARDING THE SITUATION IN ZIMBABWE, HE THINKS THAT A
MORE PROACTIVE RESPONSE IS CALLED FOR TO PREVENT A MAJOR
CRISIS. THE AMBASSADOR WHOLEHEARTEDLY AGREED WITH THE
RES REP AND THEY DECIDED TO SET-UP A NUMBER OF MEETINGS
AIMED AT BRINGING TOGETHER THE GOVERNMENT OF ZIMBABWE
(GOZ)/ZANU-PF, THE OPPOSITION POLITICAL PARTY MOVEMENT
FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE (MDC), AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO
DISCUSS WORKING TOGETHER ON A WAY FORWARD. RES REP
ANGELO INFORMED THE AMBASSADOR THAT THE UN SECRETARY
GENERAL (SG) WAS PLANNING ON SENDING A REPRESENTATIVE TO
HARARE ON NOVEMBER 17 TO ALSO TRY AND BREAK THE ICE
HERE, BUT THIS TRIP HINGES ON PRESIDENT MUGABE AGREEING
TO SEE THE SG'S REP. END SUMMARY



2. (C) AMBASSADOR MCDONALD PAID A VISIT TO THE UNITED
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NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (UNDP) RESIDENT
REPRESENTATIVE (RES REP) IN HARARE, VICTOR ANGELO, ON
NOVEMBER 6 TO DISCUSS THE CURRENT POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC
CRISIS IN ZIMBABWE AND WHAT COULD BE DONE TO LOWER
TENSIONS. THE AMBASSADOR STATED THAT HE WAS VERY
CONCERNED THAT THE SITUATION HAD TAKEN A TURN FOR THE
WORSE IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS WITH NEGATIVE DEVELOPMENTS
INCLUDING FOOD RIOTS, THE MDC'S FILING OF AN IMPEACHMENT
MOTION AGAINST MUGABE, AND AN UPSWING IN VIOLENCE ON
OCCUPIED COMMERCIAL FARMS. AMBASSADOR MCDONALD TOLD RES
REP ANGELO THAT HE WAS WORRIED THAT TENSIONS ARE
REACHING A BOILING POINT, AND THAT THE EMBASSY AND THE
UNDP NEEDED TO WORK TOGETHER IN GETTING THE GOZ AND
OPPOSITION TALKING.



3. (C) RES REP ANGELO TOLD THE AMBASSADOR THAT HE SHARED
HIS CONCERNS AND PERCEPTIONS. ANGELO STATED THAT WHILE
THERE ARE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE HARARE DIPLOMATIC
COMMUNITY WHO BELIEVE THAT A WAIT-AND-SEE ATTITUDE IS
APPROPRIATE, HE DOESN'T BELIEVE THAT THIS IS PRUDENT.
HE ALSO AGREED THAT EVENTS COULD GET OUT OF HAND IN
ZIMBABWE BEFORE LONG. HE WAS ESPECIALLY WORRIED THAT
THE UNDP SECURITY OFFICER WHO IS THE LIAISON WITH THE
ZIMBABWE REPUBLIC POLICE (ZRP) HAD INFORMED HIM THAT ZRP
RIOT UNITS HAD BEGUN RANGE TRAINING WITH LIVE
AMMUNITION, A PRACTICE NOT SEEN BEFORE. THE CLEAR
IMPLICATION IS THAT THE ZRP WOULD USE LIVE AMMUNITION IN
ANY FURTHER CIVIL DISTURBANCES.



4. (C) AMBASSADOR MCDONALD AND RES REP ANGELO AGREED TO
ARRANGE THE FOLLOWING MEETINGS TO EXPLORE WAYS TO
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INCREASE THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE GOZ, THE MDC, AND
OTHER CIVIL SOCIETY STAKEHOLDERS.

- A MEETING AMONG THE AMBASSADOR, THE RES REP, AND THE
PERMANENT SECRETARY OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS,
MR. WILLARD CHIWEWE. MR. CHIWEWE IS A CONDUIT TO
PRESIDENT MUGABE. THIS MEETING COULD BE USED TO
UNOFFICIALLY GAUGE IF A WILLINGNESS EXISTS ON THE PART
OF PRESIDENT MUGABE TO TRY AND DEFUSE TENSIONS AND BEGIN
DIALOGUE WITH THE OPPOSITION MDC, AS WELL AS TO RELAY
THE AMBASSADOR'S AND RES REP'S WILLINGNESS TO ASSIST IN
EFFORTS TO LOWER THE TEMPERATURE.

- A MEETING AMONG THE AMBASSADOR, RES REP, AND CHIEFS OF
MISSION OF THE OTHER MAJOR DONORS AND KEY PLAYERS IN
ZIMBABWE. AUSTRALIA, DENMARK, THE EUROPEAN UNION,
FRANCE, GERMANY, JAPAN, NIGERIA, NORWAY, SWEDEN,
TANZANIA, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM WILL BE INVITED. THE
PURPOSE WILL BE TO BRAINSTORM ON WAYS TO LOWER TENSIONS
AND GET DIALOGUE STARTED.

- A MEETING AMONG THE AMBASSADOR, THE RES REP, AND THE
COMMERCIAL FARMERS UNION (CFU). THE PURPOSE WILL BE TO
ENCOURAGE THE CFU TO REACH OUT TO THE GOZ AND GET BOTH
SIDES TALKING AGAIN.



5. (C) RES REP ANGELO INFORMED THE AMBASSADOR THAT UN

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9BF8EC 071537Z /38
P 071535Z NOV 00
FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7576
INFO NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 02 OF 02 HARARE 006281

SIPDIS

NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR GAYLE SMITH
LONDON FOR CGURNEY
PARIS FOR BISA WILLIAMS
PASS USAID FOR AFR/SD - DWELLER, AND AFR/SA - CPALMA,
NNEWMAN

NAIROBI FOR PFLAUMER

PASS USTR - ROSA WHITAKER
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/07/10
TAGS: PGOV EAGR ZI
SUBJECT: UNDP RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE ANGELO SHARES HIS
VIEWS ON THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CRISIS IN ZIMBABWE

SECRETARY GENERAL KOFI ANNAN IS PLANNING ON SENDING TO

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HARARE AS HIS SPECIAL ENVOY UNDP HEAD MARK MALLOCH-BROWN
ON NOVEMBER 17 - 19 IF, AND ONLY IF, A MEETING WITH
PRESIDENT MUGABE CAN BE ARRANGED. THE PURPOSE OF THIS
VISIT WILL BE TO TRY TO LOWER TENSIONS, AND ENCOURAGE
DIALOGUE BETWEEN ALL THE STAKEHOLDERS.



6. (C) COMMENT: WITH TENSIONS CLEARLY ESCALATING IN
ZIMBABWE, POST WILL EXPLORE ALL REASONABLE AVENUES TO
GET THE GOZ TALKING WITH THE OPPOSITION MDC AND OTHER
CIVIL SOCIET
Y STAKEHOLDERS TO TRY AND LOWER THE
TEMPERATURE IN HARARE. END COMMENT.

MCDONALD

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