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Cablegate: Media Report Commonwealth Minister's Visit To

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ZI PREL PHUM
SUBJECT: MEDIA REPORT COMMONWEALTH MINISTER'S VISIT TO
ZIMBABWE; HARARE


1. THE INDEPENDENT WEEKLY "ZIMBABWE INDEPENDENT"
DEDICATED ITS OCTOBER 25 EDITORIAL TO THE VISIT TO ZIMBABWE
THIS WEEK BY A TEAM FROM THE COMMONWEALTH. UNDER HEADLINE
"OPEN LETTER TO COMMONWEALTH MINISTERS," THE PAPER
COMMENTS:

2. "DURING YOUR FLEETING VISIT TO ZIMBABWE THERE WILL
HAVE BEEN A CONCERTED ATTEMPT IN OFFICIAL CIRCLES TO PULL
THE WOOL OVER YOUR EYES. YOU WILL HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THE
ZIMBABWE GOVERNMENT IS PROCEEDING TO ACQUIRE LAND IN A
LEGAL WAY, 'AS IT ALWAYS HAS DONE.' YOU WILL BE TOLD THAT
THERE IS FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND THAT ELECTIONS ARE
CONDUCTED ALONG LINES THAT PRODUCE A FREE AND FAIR POLL.
IF YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL BELIEVE
ANYTHING. . . WE HOPE YOU WILL PROVE TO BE FRIENDS OF
ZIMBABWE. . .AND SPELL OUT WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE."

SULLIVAN

UNCLASSIFIED

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