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01HARARE2701 2001-09-13 15:11:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Harare
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MEDIA REACTION LAND REFORM IN ZIMBABWE -

Tags:   ZI PREL PHUM 
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AMEMBASSY PRETORIA 
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AMEMBASSY ABUJA 
AMEMBASSY WINDHOEK 
AMEMBASSY GABORONE 
AMEMBASSY LILONGWE 
AMEMBASSY LONDON 
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
					  UNCLAS HARARE 002701 

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AF/PD FOR COX, ROBERTSON, AF/S FOR KRAFT, AF/P,
INR/R/MR, NSC FOR JENDAYI FRAZER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ZI PREL PHUM
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION LAND REFORM IN ZIMBABWE -
ABUJA ACCORD; HARARE




1. THE INDEPENDENT WEEKLY "THE FINANCIAL GAZETTE"
DEDICATED ITS SEPTEMBER 13 EDITORIAL TO THE ABUJA LAND
ACCORD BROKERED BY NIGERIA. UNDER HEADLINE "BEYOND
ABUJA," THE PAPER COMMENTS:



2. ". . .IN SIGNING UP TO ABUJA, MUGABE MAY INDEED
SEE THE PACT AS GIVING HIM BREATHING SPACE IN THE FACE
OF IMMINENT AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN SANCTIONS AGAINST
HIM AND HIS TOP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS. BUT THE
REALITY ON THE GROUND - IN TERMS OF TIMING - IS THAT
THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN TRAPPED BY THE INTERNATIONAL
COMMUNITY TO FINALLY SHOW HIS TRUE COLORS BY FULLY
DELIVERING ON THE LAST-DITCH ACCORD. . . UNTIL HE
MOVES ON THESE CRITICAL ISSUES, FUNDING WILL CLEARLY
REMAIN ELUSIVE - JUST AS BEFORE ABUJA. . . SOMEHOW HE
MUST WALK A TIGHT ROPE AND JUST HOPE AND PRAY NOT TO
STUMBLE AND FALL BY THE WAYSIDE. WHILE WE TAKE NOTE
OF HIS RARE COURAGE TO TRY TO REVERSE ZIMBABWE'S
DESCENT INTO ANARCHY. . .HE MUST NOW RAPIDLY TRANSLATE
THE AGREEMENT INTO VISIBLE ACTION. . . IT WOULD BE A
GOOD GESTURE IF THE PRESIDENT TOOK DECISIVE ACTION
IMMEDIATELY SO THAT, BY THE TIME HE ATTENDS THE
COMMONWEALTH SUMMIT IN AUSTRALIA NEXT MONTH, HE AND
ZIMBABWE WOULD BE BREATHING EASIER AGAIN."

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