Search

 

Cablegate: Media Reaction President Bush's Visit to Africa;

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

UNCLAS HARARE 001383

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR AF/PDPA FOR DALTON, MITCHELL AND SIMS
NSC FOR JENDAYI FRAZER
LONDON FOR GURNEY
PARIS FOR NEARY
NAIROBI FOR PFLAUMER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KPAO KMDR ZI
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION PRESIDENT BUSH'S VISIT TO AFRICA;
HARARE

1. Under headline "Bush must tell Mbeki to act decisively
on Zimbabwe" the July 8 edition of the independent daily
"The Daily News" printed an op-ed by Joseph Whande on page
8, in which he urges President George Bush to help resolve
the socioeconomic and political impasse in Zimbabwe by
encouraging his South African counterpart Thabo Mbeki to
"uphold internationally accepted mediation practices."
Excerpts:

2. ". . .Both George Bush and Thabo Mbeki must be warned
not to continue using Zimbabwe as a playground where
international norms, laws, human rights and other practices
are disregarded at will. This has to stop and Bush must
make it clear to Mbeki that if he does not want to uphold
internationally accepted mediation practices, he should
leave the Zimbabwean issue to people who would like to
resolve the problem. . .Bush must take note that if he
relies too much on Mbeki, he will not get anything resolved
in Zimbabwe. He must be reminded that the people of
Zimbabwe have long lamented how Mbeki is a stumbling block
to our own efforts to correct the bad situation in our
country. . .Apart from Mbeki's cowardice in
confronting Mugabe, what we are seeing is a
deliberate policy by South Africa to strengthen
their economy at our expense. . .We have a problem
here in Zimbabwe and it is not an exaggeration that
people are suffering needlessly under our Mugabe.
Many would like to see him go. But if your solution
to our problems is the same as the one you applied
in Iraq, then please forget it. We are peace-loving
people and we only need the kind of assistance that
will make it possible and easier for us to resolve
our problems peacefully. The person you should get
tough with is Mbeki. Make him play his role as
responsible regional leader, a role befitting the
president of South Africa. As you talk to our
dictators around the continent, please keep in mind
that you do not incite us to stand up and fight for
our rights then fly back home and watch as we get
butchered. Tackling Africa's dictators is a
full-time job that needs the participation of the
international community. . . ."

SULLIVAN

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


Save The Children: Tonga Volcano Ash And Smoke Cause Concern For Air And Water Safety
Families in Tonga are at risk of exposure to unsafe air and water due to ash and smoke from the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano that erupted on Saturday, reports Save the Children...
More>>



Sudan: 15 Attacks On Health Facilities And Workers In Two Months

With the crisis escalating in Sudan, there have been 15 reports of attacks on healthcare workers and health facilities since last November, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday... More>>

Kazakhstan: Bachelet Urges Peaceful Resolution Of Grievances
Amid alarming reports of deadly violence in Kazakhstan, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday urged all, including security forces, protesters and others, to refrain from violence and to seek a peaceful resolution of grievances... More>>


Tigray: Agencies Suspend Aid As ‘Scores’ Are Killed Due To Airstrikes
Recent airstrikes on camps for internally displaced persons and refugees in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, have reportedly killed scores of civilians, including children, and left many more injured... More>>


UN News: For 25th Year In A Row, Greenland Ice Sheet Shrinks

2021 marked the 25th year in a row in which the key Greenland ice sheet lost more mass during the melting season, than it gained during the winter, according to a new UN-endorsed report issued on Friday... More>>


Afghanistan: Economy In ‘Freefall’, Threatening To Take Entire Population With It

Afghanistan’s economy is in “free fall”, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told a special meeting on Sunday, warning that if decisive and compassionate action is not taken immediately, it may “pull the entire population with it”... More>>