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Cablegate: Zimbabwe: Tanzania Pressing for International

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PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHDR #0159 0652052
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 052052Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY DAR ES SALAAM
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7373
INFO RUCNSAD/SOUTHERN AF DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHDS/AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA PRIORITY 3288
RUEHJB/AMEMBASSY BUJUMBURA PRIORITY 2646
RUEHKM/AMEMBASSY KAMPALA PRIORITY 3136
RUEHLGB/AMEMBASSY KIGALI PRIORITY 1082
RUEHKI/AMEMBASSY KINSHASA PRIORITY 0254
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 0371
RUEHNR/AMEMBASSY NAIROBI PRIORITY 0920
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS PRIORITY 0280
RUEHDS/USMISSION USAU ADDIS ABABA PRIORITY

UNCLAS DAR ES SALAAM 000159

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPT AF/S FOR SHILL, AF/E FOR JLIDDLE,
ALSO AF/RSA FOR MBITTRICK
ADDIS ABABA FOR AU MISSION
LONDON, PARIS FOR AFRICA WATCHERS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM ZI TZ
SUBJECT: ZIMBABWE: TANZANIA PRESSING FOR INTERNATIONAL
MONITORS TO BE IN PLACE WELL IN ADVANCE OF ELECTION DAY

REF: STATE 018257

1. (SBU) Honorable Bernard Membe, Tanzania's Minister of
Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, assured
Ambassador Green on February 27 that President Kikwete is
working closely with President Mbeki of South Africa and
within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as
well as with African Union (AU) states to ensure that
international monitors be allowed into Zimbabwe well in
advance of the presidential, legislative and local elections.

2. (SBU) Minister Membe understood that a SADC observer team
was scheduled to arrive in Harare about three weeks before
the March 29 elections. However, he completely supported the
need for AU, Commonwealth, the SADC Parliamentary Forum and
other key international observer teams, including domestic
civil society groups, to also be in place from the earliest
possible date in order to monitor pre-election activities.
Membe was clear that President Kikwete will continue to use
all avenues to influence President Mugabe to agree that
international election monitors be credentialed and allowed
to enter Zimbabwe as quickly as possible.
GREEN

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