Cablegate: Media Reaction G8 Summit; Harare
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UNCLAS HARARE 001236
DEPT FOR INR/R/MR AND AF/PDPA DALTON, MITCHELL AND SIMS
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KPAO KMDR ZI
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION G8 SUMMIT; HARARE
1. Under headline "Africa should adopt one position on
G8" the independent weekly "The Business Tribune" dedicated
its June 12 editorial to criticizing the G8 for failing to
meet their obligations to Africa at the just-ended summit
in Evian, France. Stating: "Africa must remain on the
agenda of the G8 until these obligations are fulfilled."
2. ". . .The 2003 G8 was ultimately a disaster for
African farmers. It failed to adopt even limited proposals
for a moratorium on reducing European and American tariff
duties and subsidies for U. S. and European agriculture.
These policies are perverse. While millions of African
farmers, mostly women's livelihoods, are ruined by these
policies, European livestock is ensured major state
subsidies. . .Without a change in world trade rules,
the rhetoric of ensuring a fresh start for Africa
would not translate into meaningful action or a new
partnership for Africa. African leaders and
citizens were urged to take forward the initiative
and the primary responsibility for resolving
Africa's development crises. . .Despite the failure
of Evian, the G8 continues to have outstanding
obligations and commitments to Africa. For this
reason, Africa must remain on the agenda of the G8
until these obligations are fulfilled."