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Cablegate: Tokyo Media Reaction - Zimbabwe

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STATE FOR I/RF, PA/PR/FPC/W, IIP/G/EA, EAP/PD, R/MR,
EAP/J, EAP/P, PM;
USTR FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE;
TREASURY FOR OASIA/IMI;
SECDEF FOR OASD/PA;
CP BUTLER OKINAWA FOR AREA FIELD OFFICE;
PACOM HONOLULU FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY ADVISOR

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TAGS: OIIP KMDR KPAO JA
SUBJECT: TOKYO MEDIA REACTION - ZIMBABWE

1. LEAD STORIES: Top stories on Wednesday morning
included a report saying that a "base year" for setting
a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target will not be
specified in the chairman's summary or other statements
to be issued at the upcoming G8 summit.

2. "U.S. Looking into UNSC Resolution on Zimbabwe" The
conservative Sankei's correspondent report from New
York stated (7/2): "The U.S. has compiled an outline of
a UN Security Council resolution against Zimbabwean
President Mugabe. Based on Chapter VII of the UN
Charter, the draft resolution includes a ban on the
sale of arms to Zimbabwe and a freeze of assets. The
discussion at the UNSC will likely be heated, as China,
which excuses Mugabe's efforts to cling to power on the
basis of 'noninterference,' is likely to oppose the
U.S. resolution."

3. "African Union Paralyzed over Zimbabwe" The liberal
Asahi's correspondent report from Sharm El Sheik,
Egypt, stated (7/2): "Discord has emerged between the
U.S.-European group, which strongly condemns Zimbabwean
President Mugabe's crackdown on opposition parties, and
African nations, which are trying to address the issue
via 'calm diplomacy.' The African Union's (AU) presence
as a regional framework could be called into question,
as the recent AU leaders' meeting held in Egypt with
Mugabe present failed to come up with effective
measures to address the issue."

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