Search

 

Cablegate: Botswana's Statement On Zimbabwe July 04, 2008

O 071550Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY GABORONE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5108
INFO SOUTHERN AF DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY COLLECTIVE
AMEMBASSY ABUJA
AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA
AMEMBASSY CAIRO
AMEMBASSY HARARE
AMEMBASSY LONDON
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI
AMEMBASSY PARIS
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK
HQ USAFRICOM STUTTGART GE
USEU BRUSSELS

UNCLAS GABORONE 000552


DEPARTMENT FOR AF AND AF/S
ADDIS ABABA FOR USAU

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV AU BC ZI
SUBJECT: BOTSWANA'S STATEMENT ON ZIMBABWE JULY 04, 2008

REF: GABORONE 547

1. The GOB Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
shared with the Embassy the official statement regarding the GOB's
position on the outcome of the June 27, 2008 Presidential run-off
election in Zimbabwe.

Begin Verbatim Official GOB Text:


1. The Government of the Republic of Botswana has been following the
events leading to, and the holding of the Presidential run-off
election on June 27, 2008 in the Republic of Zimbabwe.

2. During this period, Botswana expressed its concern about the
deteriorating political situation in Zimbabwe and made repeated
calls on the authorities in that country to take necessary steps to
ensure a climate conducive to holding free and fair elections.

3. The atmosphere prevailing before the run-off election in Zimbabwe
was not conducive to the holding of a free and fair election, given
the escalating acts of violence and intimidation that resulted in
the loss of lives, destruction of property and displacement of
people from their homes. This eventually led to the withdrawal of
the MDC leader, Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai, from the run-off contest.

4. In response, the United Nations Security Council issued a
Presidential Statement on June 23, 2008 condemning the violent
campaign against political opposition in Zimbabwe and expressed
regret that the campaign of violence made it impossible for a free
and fir election to take place.

5. In addition, the roika of the SADC Organ, which met in the
Kingdo of Swazilandon June 25, 2008, advised that the corect
course of action under the circumstances wa a postponement of the
run-off election. Thi would have provided an opportunity for all
parties to engage in talks with the aim of finding the best possible
way of resolving their differences.

6. Notwithstanding the advice of the United Nations Security Council
and Troika of the SADC Organ, the authorities of Zimbabwe decided to
proceed with an election whose outcome was unlikely to enjoy
credibility and legitimacy, both in the region and internationally.

7. This has now come to pass, as the reports of the SADC Elections
Observer Mission, Pan-African Parliament and AU Observer Missions
have shown.

8. These reports concluded, amongst others, that;
> the pre-election phase was characterised by politically motivated
violence, intimidation and displacement of the electorate;
> the process leading up to the presidential run-off election did
not conform to SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic
Elections;
> the atmosphere prevailing in the country did not give rise to the
conduct of free, fair and credible elections;
> the result of the June 27, 2008 run-off election did not represent
the will of the people of Zimbabwe; and
> conditions should be put in place for the holding of free, fair
and credible elections as soon as possible in line with the African
Union Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections.

9. It is abundantly clear from these findings that the result of the
June 27, 2008 run-off election cannot be accepted, as it violates
the core principles of SADC, the African Union and the United
Nations. As a country that practices democracy and the rule of law,
Botswana does not, therefore, recognize the outcome of the
Presidential run-off election, and would expect other SADC member
states to do the same.

10. It is against this background that Botswana urges SADC to assume
its responsibilities by taking proactive steps that are consistent
with its principles and objectives. It is therefore Botswana's
position that Zimbabwe not be allowed to participate in SADC
meetings until such time that they demonstrate their commitment to
strictly adhere to the organisation's principles.

11. Such steps would enhance the credibility of SADC and provide an
enabling environment for the people of Zimbabwe to find a lasting
solution to the problems that confront them.

12. As a way forward, Botswana agrees with the AU position that
mediation efforts should continue. We wish to urge, however, that
such mediation efforts be expedited, given a defined time frame, and
conducted in an atmosphere of mutual trust and good faith, where
both parties are treated as equal partners.

End Verbatim Official GOB Text.

DROUIN

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>

ALSO: