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Cablegate: Mozambican General Elections: Draft Usg Statement

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UNCLAS MAPUTO 001623

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE
FOR AF/S:HTREGER, AF/PD:RHARPER
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL OPRC MZ
SUBJECT: MOZAMBICAN GENERAL ELECTIONS: DRAFT USG STATEMENT


Sensitive but Unclassified - Deliberative Process. Handle
Accordingly.

1. (U) Embassy provides below for the Department's approval a
draft USG statement for use once the results of Mozambique's
December 1-2 presidential and legislative elections are
announced by the National Elections Commission (CNE). We
expect the results to be announced on or soon after the
December 17 deadline. Post will inform the Department by
cable of the announcement. Issuance of the statement as soon
as possible after the results are announced would maximize
its impact.

2. (SBU) Begin draft statement text:
The United States congratulates President-elect Armando
Emilio Guebuza and all new and returning members of the
Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique on their selection in
the presidential and parliamentary elections of December 1
and 2, 2004. We commend the more than 60,000 polling station
workers in towns and villages around the country, who by
performing their duties with great dedication and competence
exhibited the strong commitment of the Mozambican people to
the democratic process. We urge the authorities to
investigate all allegations of irregularities and take action
against those responsible for any violations of law.
The United States salutes President Chissano for stepping
aside so that others may come forward, after his accomplished
stewardship as the nation's leader. In this spirit, we urge
all Mozambicans to join hands and work for the good of the
country.
We look forward to working with President-elect Guebuza and
members of his government in helping combat the terrible
scourge of HIV/AIDS and in promoting the development of
Mozambique.
End text.
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