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Cablegate: Madagascar's Position On Zimbabawe Demarche

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DEPARTMENT FOR AF/E - MBEYZEROV
DEPARTMENT FOR AF/S - EPELLETREAU

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SUBJECT: MADAGASCAR'S POSITION ON ZIMBABAWE DEMARCHE

REF: STATE 33658

SBU) Per reftel, the Ambassador spoke with Madagascar's Foreign
Minister Marcel Ranjeva again on April 10, following several recent
conversations expre4ssing U.S. concerns about ZImbabwe. FM Ranjeva
said that while Madagascar is sympathetic to the USG's views on
Zimbabwe, as the last member to join SADC Madagascar is at pains not
to get out of step with SADC or the African Union by getting out in
front of either on this "delicate" subject. Ranjeva pointed to the
upcoming April 18 SADC meeting in Mauritius, which he is slated to
attend alongside President Ravalomanana, as the focal point for SADC
discussions. (He made no mention of an earlier SADC Summit to take
place this weekend in Lusaka, which the April 10 Malagasy press is
reporting.)

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