Cablegate: Media Report Wssd; Harare

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.




E.O. 12958: N/A

1. The World Summit for Sustainable Development
(WSSD) in South Africa has become the subject matter
for editorials in two mainstream newspapers - the
government-controlled daily "The Herald" and the
independent weekly "The Sunday Mirror." Editorial
excerpts follow:

2. Under headline "Land vital for sustainable
development" the government-controlled daily "The
Herald" (08/26) comments:

"The WSSD which begins in South Africa today
presents yet another platform for Zimbabwe to
set the record straight on the land issue. . .
For Zimbabwe the land is at the core of its
development. But the country's just struggle
for land has been viciously attacked by some
powerful Western nations, notably Britain and
the United States, who want the land-
redistributing program stopped. As the program
is now being wound up the American Government
wants the government removed for correcting a
historical injustice. In South Africa this week
the demonization of the government will be
intensified with the West seeking the isolation
of Zimbabwe. But Zimbabwe's sovereignty will be
strenuously defended, as it will be represented
at the highest level. . . To us sustainable
development is impossible to achieve for as long
as land ownership is skewed in favor of a
minority race. . . Zimbabwe will, therefore,
today join the rest of the world in searching
for ways to push forward an agenda to foster
sustainable development. . ."

3. Under headline "Earth Summit not Blair Summit" the
pro-government weekly "The Sunday Mirror" (08/25)

"The debate in the British government on whether
Tony Blair should boycott President Robert
Mugabe's speech at the Johannesburg WSSD is an
attempt by the Blair government to hijack a
United Nations function and pursue the long
drawn and well known British vendetta against
Zimbabwe. The Earth Summit. . .is supposed to
focus on food production, and it is unfortunate
that Britain is trying to politicize the summit.
It is therefore sad to note that, at a time when
all UN agencies that deal with food security are
agreed that the way forward is to encourage
rural communities to be self sufficient in food,
Tony Blair and his government are mourning that
Mugabe is `driving efficient farmers off highly
productive land.' Whether Blair likes it or
not, Zimbabwe has taken the first step towards
rural development by giving the peasants land so
that they can produce enough food to feed
themselves. In any case, the WSSD has no
politics on its agenda and as the British would
like to intimate. . ."


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Myanmar: UN Condemns Escalating Violence In Deadliest Day Of Protests So Far

In response to the killing of at least 18 protesters demonstrating against Myanmar’s military coup, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) on Sunday together with the UN chief, strongly condemned the “escalating violence” and called for an immediate end to the use of force... More>>

Syria: Economic Decline, Rising Hunger And Surging Humanitarian Needs

Syria’s fragile economy has “suffered multiple shocks” over the past 18 months, with its currency plummeting and joblessness swelling as people struggle to cover their basic needs, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council ... More>>

OECD: Final Quarter Of 2020 Shows Continued Recovery In G20 International Merchandise Trade

G20 international merchandise trade continued to rebound in the fourth quarter of 2020 ( exports up 7.2% and imports up 6.8%), following the sharp falls seen in the first half of 2020, as lockdown measures affected trade globally. Although growth ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

UNFCCC: Greater Climate Ambition Urged As Initial NDC Synthesis Report Is Published

UN Climate Change today published the Initial NDC Synthesis Report, showing nations must redouble efforts and submit stronger, more ambitious national climate action plans in 2021 if they’re to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2°C—ideally 1.5°C—by the end of the century... More>>

2021: Critical Year To ‘reset Our Relationship With Nature’ – UN Chief

During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. Painting a picture of the turmoil ... More>>

Paris Agreement: UN Secretary-General António Guterres To Mark U.S. Reentry With Envoy For Climate John Kerry

Watch live at UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry at an event marking the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement this Friday. The discussion with the Secretary-General ... More>>