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Cablegate: Demarches Delivered: Raising Zimbabwe at the Un

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P 302117Z APR 08
FM AMEMBASSY SAN JOSE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9652
INFO RUEHZA/WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 0324
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0780

C O N F I D E N T I A L SAN JOSE 000337

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPARMENT FOR WHA/CEN, IO/UNP-GOLDENBERG, AF/S-HILL, AND
IO/RHS-OSTERMEIER.

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/29/2018
TAGS: PREL UNSC XA ZI AU CS
SUBJECT: DEMARCHES DELIVERED: RAISING ZIMBABWE AT THE UN
AND UNSC INFORMAL CONSULTATIONS

REF: A. (A) 44297

B. (B) 44905

Classified By: Classified by: David E. Henifin, Acting DCM, Reason 1.4
(d).

1. (U) On April 29, we delivered reftel demarches to Adriana
Murillo, Head of the UN Security Council Team, and Deyanira
Ramirez, UN General Assembly Desk Officer, at the MFA. Poloff
also presented the talking points that the US plans to raise
with the SYG and UNDP.

2. (C) The two officials stated that Costa Rica has already
raised points about the Zimbabwe elections, and that in
general terms, Costa Rica favors UN involvement in protecting
human rights and assuring democratic processes around the
world. Murillo and Ramirez were not/not enthusiastic about
the UNDP Resident Representative's proposal to diplomats in
Harare that the international community support a Mugabe-led
national unity government. They stressed that the democratic
election process and results should be respected.

3. (C) As for sending a special envoy, the two officials
stated that the idea is not problematic for Costa Rica, and
they later confirmed that the GoCR would support an envoy.
However, when presented with the refined points in Ref B,
Ramirez stated that Costa Rica would be less likely to
support a fact-finding team than a special envoy. She stated
that the election was already legitimated by international
observers, and she speculated that since Mugabe lost, his
people are scrambling to figure out what to do. Murillo and
Ramirez said they would confer with the GoCR Mission in New
York and review the other points. Post will advise if/when a
response is received.

4. (U) Ramirez told Poloff later on April 29 that the MFA has
already sent instructions to its delegation in New York
supporting action to resolve the electoral crisis, referring
to the first point in Ref B.

5. (U) Murillo requested that if the US decides to make a
formal special declaration on Zimbabwe, to please circulate
the text to the MFA beforehand.
BRENNAN

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