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Cablegate: Daily News Reacts to Commonwealth Extension Of

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PHUM KPAO KMDR ZI
SUBJECT: DAILY NEWS REACTS TO COMMONWEALTH EXTENSION OF
ZIMBABWE'S SUSPENSION


1. Under headline "Extension of suspension is a
victory for sanity" the independent daily "The Daily
News" dedicated its March 18 editorial to hailing
Zimbabwe's suspension from the councils of the
Commonwealth for a further nine months, saying it is "a
victory of sanity over the tragically misguided African
solidarity" that had advocated for the readmission of
Zimbabwe. Excerpts:

2. "The entire civilized world must have heaved a
collective sigh of relief at the news that
Zimbabwe's suspension from the Commonwealth
councils will remain in place until the next
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in
Nigeria in December. Not only has the decision
pulled back the Commonwealth from the brink of a
debilitating polarization, or even
disintegration, which the adoption of Nigerian
President Olusegun Obasanjo's recommendation was
almost certainly going to cause. But it is also
a victory of sanity over the tragically
misguided African solidarity, which had
influenced the recommendation in the first
place. . . ."

SULLIVAN

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