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Cablegate: Zimbabwe: 1996 Annual Terrorism Report

P 290953Z NOV 96
FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3798

UNCLAS HARARE 011539


FOR S/CT FOR REAP

E.O, 12356: N/A
TAGS: PTER ZI
SUBJECT: ZIMBABWE: 1996 ANNUAL TERRORISM REPORT

REF: A) STATE 245276

1. FORMAT PER REFTEL:

(A) PROSECUTIONS INVOLVING INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM
AND/OR SIGNIFICANT ACTS OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM:

THERE WERE NO ACTS OF POLITICALLY MOTIVATED
VIOLENCE IN ZIMBABWE IN 1996:

(B) EXTRADITION OF SUSPECTED TERRORISTS:

THERE WERE NO CASES INVOLVING EXTRADITION OF
SUSPECTED TERRORISTS IN ZIMBABWE IN 1996.

(C) IMPEDIMENTS TO PROSECUTION OR EXTRADITION OF
SUSPECTED TERRORISTS:

AS REPORTED IN PREVIOUS YEARS, THE CURRENT ABSENCE
OF AN EXTRADITION TREATY WITH THE US IS THE ONLY
IDENTIFIABLE IMPEDIMENT TO PROSECUTION OR
EXTRADITION OF SUSPECTED TERRORISTS. HOWEVER,
FUNCTIONING (THOUGH UNRATIFIED) BORDER REPATRIATION
ARRANGEMENTS WITH ITS NEIGHBORS AND OUR CONTINUING
NEGOTIATIONS WITH ZIMBABWE ON AN EXTRADITION TREATY
INDICATE ZIMBABWE WOULD ACT RESPONSIBLY IN A CASE
INVOLVING INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM.

D. HOST COUNTRY RESPONSES OTHER THAN PROSECUTION:
E. MAJOR COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS IN 1996:

ZIMBABWE UNDERTOOK NO MAJOR COUNTERTERRORIST
EFFORTS THIS YEAR.

F. SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM:

THOUGH ZIMBABWE CONTINUES TO MAINTAIN DIPLOMATIC
RELATIONS WITH THE SEVEN COUNTRIES IDENTIFIED AS
SPONSORING INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM (CUBA, LIBYA,
NORTH KOREA, IRAN AND SUDAN MAINTAIN MISSIONS IN
HARARE), THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THE GOVERNMENT OF
ZIMBABWE SUPPORTS OR CONDONES TERRORIST ACTS
PERPETRATED BY THESE COUNTRIES.

G. PUBLIC STATEMENTS IN SUPPORT OF TERRORISM:

THE GOVERNMENT OF ZIMBABWE ISSUED NO STATEMENTS IN
SUPPORT OF TERRORIST ACTIVITIES IN 1996.

H. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN ATTITUDE TOWARDS
TERRORISM SINCE 1995:

NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE HAS BEEN NOTED. IN RECENT
YEARS THE GOVERNMENT OF ZIMBABWE HAS BEEN GENERALLY
COOPERATIVE IN ITS APPROACH TO MATTERS OF
INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM -- PARTICULARLY WHEN THERE
IS A PERCEIVED NATIONAL INTEREST. THERE IS NO
REASON TO BELIEVE ZIMBABWEAN ATTITUDE TOWARDS
TERRORISM HAS CHANGED IN THE PAST YEAR.

I. U.S. COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS AND INITIATIVES:

THERE WERE NO SIGNIFICANT COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS
AND INITIATIVES IN ZIMBABWE DURING THE PAST YEAR..

J. COOPERATION SOUGHT FROM THE HOST GOVERNMENT
DURING THE PREVIOUS FIVE YEARS IN THE INVESTIGATION
OR PROSECUTION OF AN ACT OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM
AGAINST THE UNITED STATES:

ZIMBABWE HAS NOT BEEN REQUESTED TO COOPERATE IN THE
INVESTIGATION OR PROSECUTION OF ANY TERRORIST ACT.


CARSON

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