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Cablegate: New Zealand to Contribute to Zimbabwe Election

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STATE FOR EAP/ANP AND AF/S

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV EAID KDEM NZ
SUBJECT: NEW ZEALAND TO CONTRIBUTE TO ZIMBABWE ELECTION

REF: STATE 60286

1. (SBU) Pol/Econ Counselor spoke on June 5 with the
Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) official
handling the issue of GNZ assistance to the Zimbabwe
Presidential run-off election later this month. Paul
Roberts, Deputy Director of the UN office at MFAT, said that
New Zealand's mission in New York would submit a letter of
commitment shortly to the United Nations to support AU and
SADC election observers in Zimbabwe. He confirmed that the
assistance would total USD 50,000, and the money would be
available as of June 11.

2. (U) On June 6, MFAT African desk officer David Irwin
emailed the Mission a copy of Helen Clark's strongly worded
statement condemning the recent detention of US and UK
diplomats in Zimbabwe as well as the intimidation and
violence directed against civil society and the political
opposition. Post has emailed the statement to the desk as
well as AF/S.
MCCORMICK

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