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Cablegate: Invitation to June 19 Roundtable On Zimbabwe

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL UNSC XA ZI
SUBJECT: INVITATION TO JUNE 19 ROUNDTABLE ON ZIMBABWE


1. This is an immediate action request. USUN is requested
to immediately pass the invitation in para 2 below to SYG
Ban; the invitation in para 3 below to UNSC members; and the
invitation in para 4 below to the UN missions of the
following African states: Senegal, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana,
Nigeria, Morocco, Angola, the DRC, Mauritius, Mozambique,
Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Uganda, Lesotho,
Swaziland, Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Tanzania, and
Zambia. The invitations should go out under Ambassador
Khalilzad,s signature. The agenda for the roundtable is
contained in para 5 below. End Action Request.

2. Begin text of invitation to Secretary General Ban:

I would like to invite you to participate in a roundtable
discussion on Zimbabwe that Secretary Rice will co-host with
Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Djibril Bassole on June 19 from
11:30 a.m. until 12:10 p.m. We would welcome your speaking
on the humanitarian and electoral assistance efforts of the
United Nations in Zimbabwe. The proposed agenda is attached.

The United States is committed to working with the United
Nations and African leaders and institutions to address the
crisis in Zimbabwe. We believe that high-level international
attention is needed to support UN and regional mediation
efforts and to put pressure on the Government of Zimbabwe to
end its campaign of violence and intimidation and permit a
free and fair Presidential run-off election on June 27.

We hope this roundtable discussion can contribute a better
understanding of the political and humanitarian situation in
Zimbabwe and help direct our future efforts to promote the
welfare of the Zimbabwean people and the stability of
Zimbabwe and the region.

3. Begin text of invitation to UNSC members:

I would like to invite you to attend a roundtable discussion
on Zimbabwe that Secretary Rice will co-host with Burkina
Faso Foreign Minister Djibril Bassole on June 19 from 11:30
a.m. until 12:10 p.m. The proposed agenda is attached.

The United States is committed to working with the United
Nations and African leaders and institutions to address the
crisis in Zimbabwe. We believe that high-level international
attention is needed to support UN and regional mediation
efforts and to put pressure on the Government of Zimbabwe to
end its campaign of violence and intimidation and to permit a
free and fair Presidential run-off election on June 27.

We believe the Security Council must be involved in
supporting a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Zimbabwe
for the benefit of the people of Zimbabwe and peace and
security in the region. We hope this roundtable discussion
can contribute to a better understanding of the political and
humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe and help direct our future
efforts to advance the welfare of the Zimbabwean people and
the stability of Zimbabwe and the region.

4. Begin text of invitation to the Permanent Representative
of Senegal, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Morocco, Angola,
the DRC, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland,
Lesotho, Uganda, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Madagascar,
Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia.

I would like to invite you to attend a roundtable discussion
on Zimbabwe that Secretary Rice will co-host with Burkina
Faso Foreign Minister Djibril Bassole on June 19 from 11:30
a.m. until 12:10 p.m. The proposed agenda is attached.

The United States is committed to working with the United
Nations and African leaders and institutions to address the
crisis in Zimbabwe. We believe that high-level international
attention is needed to support UN and regional mediation
efforts and to put pressure on the Government of Zimbabwe to
end its campaign of violence and intimidation and to permit a
free and fair Presidential run-off election on June 27.

We hope this roundtable discussion can contribute a better
understanding of the political and humanitarian situation in
Zimbabwe and its impact on the region and help direct our
future efforts to promote the welfare of the Zimbabwean
people and stability in Zimbabwe and the region.

5. Proposed Agenda for Roundtable

11:30 a.m. Roundtable begins; Secretary Rice makes
introductory remarks

11:35 a.m. Foreign Minister Bassole makes introductory
remarks

11:40 a.m. Secretary General Ban briefs on UN humanitarian
and electoral assistance

11:45 a.m. Remarks by representatives from regional
organizations

11:55 a.m. International NGO representative briefs on the
humanitarian situation

12:00 p.m. Invited guests may make remarks

12:10 p.m. Event closes


6. Tripoli minimize considered
RICE

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