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Cablegate: Media Reaction Droc; Harare

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UNCLAS HARARE 000679

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR AF/PDPA FOR DALTON, MITCHELL AND SIMS
IRAQ PD FOR SMITH, PINESS AND ROOKARD
NSC FOR JENDAYI FRAZER
LONDON FOR GURNEY
PARIS FOR NEARY
NAIROBI FOR PFLAUMER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KPAO KMDR ZI
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION DROC; HARARE


1. The April 4 and 6 editions of the pro-government
daily "The Daily Mirror" and its sister weekly "The
Sunday Mirror," respectively, dedicated editorial
space to comment on the significance of the DRC peace
agreement signed in South Africa last week. Editorial
excerpts follow:

2. Under headline "Allow peace to prevail in the
DRC" the pro-government daily "The Daily Mirror"
(04/04) comments:

"The historic signing of a peace agreement
this week by warring parties in the DRC should
usher the country. . .into an era of peace,
reconciliation and reconstruction. . . What
makes the peace deal more promising. . .is that
the agreement addresses the concerns and needs of
all parties to the conflict. . . Concerted
efforts should be made to pressure Rwanda not to
disturb the peace in the DRC. . . Rwanda should
learn to respect the sovereignty of other
nations. . . The Congolese people should
remember that, their destiny and that of their
country, is in their own hands."

3. Under headline "DRC adopts new Constitution" the
pro-government weekly "The Sunday Mirror" (04/06)
comments:

"President Joseph Kabila has ratified a
transitional constitution that is part of a
power-sharing agreement with rebels intended to
end four and half years of civil war. By
giving his presidential assent to the
constitution, Kabila has committed himself to a
transitional government expected to bring
insurgent leaders from their far-flung
strongholds to Congo's capital, Kinshasa. The
ratification has extinguished simmering doubts
over the prospects of a genuine peaceful
settlement to the Congo crisis that had been
fueled by Kabila's absence from the signing
ceremony of the peace deal in Sun City, South
Africa, on Wednesday last week. . ."

SULLIVAN

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