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Cablegate: New Zealand: Response to Demarche On Zimbabwe Vote

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

020427Z Sep 05

C O N F I D E N T I A L WELLINGTON 000674

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/01/2015
TAGS: EFIN PREL ZI NZ IMF
SUBJECT: NEW ZEALAND: RESPONSE TO DEMARCHE ON ZIMBABWE VOTE
IN IMF

REF: STATE 158016

Classified by: Acting DCM Katherine B. Hadda. Reasons: 1.4
(b) and (d).

1. (U) This is an action request -- please see Paragraph 3.

2. (U) Post on August 29 delivered reftel demarche to the New
Zealand Agency for International Development, which handles
issues related to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

3. (C) On September 2, a representative of New Zealand's
Treasury noted Zimbabwe's decision to pay back US $120
million of the US $290 million it owes the Fund. The
representative asked whether the U.S. government would now
consider Zimbabwe to be in compliance with its IMF
obligations, or whether the United States still believes
Zimbabwe should be expelled from the Fund. Post seeks
Department guidance on how it should respond to these
questions. Post also notes that the Treasury representative
is due to deliver a recommendation on the issue to New
Zealand's Finance Minister on September 5 and that a response
by COB September 2 (Washington) would be very helpful.
Burnett

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