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Cablegate: Rwanda: Zimbabwe Demarch Delivered

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P 281548Z JUL 08
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DEPT FOR AF/S (GARLAND AND PELLETREAU)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL SADC RW
SUBJECT: RWANDA: ZIMBABWE DEMARCH DELIVERED

REF: STATE 79617

(SBU) Mission delivered reftel Zimbabwe demarche to the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs on July 28. In the absence of
the Foreign Minister (now on two weeks leave, as other
members of the cabinet), IO Chief Ben Rutsinga agreed that
the "best" result would be the retirement from active
political life of President Mugabe, and the holding of new
elections in the near future. A "soft-landing" for Mugabe,
with an "honorable" departure, would be required, he
suggested. Rutsinga said that if, as part of a political
settlement, Mugabe remained as head of ZANU-PF, he would
"continue to lead the country" to the detriment of the
Zimbabwean people. However, after offering these thoughts,
Rutsinga cautioned that the GOR would not "get out in front
of" the African Union position on Zimbabwe nor the SADC/Mbeki
facilitation of talks.
SIM

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