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Cablegate: Tanzania: Zimbabwe's Bid for Chairmanship of The

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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 041243Z MAY 07
FM AMEMBASSY DAR ES SALAAM
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6095
INFO RUCNSAD/SOUTHERN AF DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHDS/AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA PRIORITY 3180
RUEHJB/AMEMBASSY BUJUMBURA PRIORITY 2528
RUEHKM/AMEMBASSY KAMPALA PRIORITY 2994
RUEHLGB/AMEMBASSY KIGALI PRIORITY 0954
RUEHNR/AMEMBASSY NAIROBI PRIORITY 0625
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 0432
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY

UNCLAS DAR ES SALAAM 000662

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPT IO/EDA FOR JTUMINARO
ALSO AF/E FOR BYODER, AF/RSA FOR MBITTRICK
ADDIS ABABA FOR AU MISSION

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SENV UNCSD AORC PREL ZI TZ
SUBJECT: TANZANIA: ZIMBABWE'S BID FOR CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE
UNCSD

REF: A. STATE 058046

B. DAR ES SALAAM 00543
C. STATE 044613

1. (SBU) Mr. Sule Sella, Acting Head of the Multilateral
Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA),
told PolOff May 3 "to my knowledge Tanzania has not made any
official objection to Zimbabwe's Chairmanship of the
Commission on Sustainable Development." He noted that
Tanzania normally tries to solve issues such as the UNCSD
chairmanship within regional blocs, whenever possible, and
not to exert influence outside of those fora.

2. (SBU) PolOff stressed that while the U.S. supports the
right of each region to choose its own candidate, the UNCSD
Chair needs to be led by a representative who will further
the goals of the organization which include land and
agriculture policy reform. In particular, the U.S. is
looking to Tanzania to use its influence within the Africa
Group to find an acceptable alternative to Zimbabwe's
candidacy. Sella agreed to discuss the issue both in MFA and
with Tanzania's UN Mission in New York, saying, "I will check
the temperature of my colleagues here and in New York." Post
will follow-up for MFA's response the week of May 7 with
Ambassador Begum Taj, Head of the Multilateral Division, who
is on official travel outside the country until May 5.
RETZER

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