US embassy cable - 00HARARE3105

CUBANS STILL IN JAIL, INS OFFICER ATTEMPTING TO GAIN ACCESS FOR FACE-TO-FACE INTERVIEW

Identifier: 00HARARE3105
Wikileaks: View 00HARARE3105 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Harare
Created: 2000-06-09 11:10:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PREF CMGT ZI CU
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.



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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6258
INFO NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE
USMISSION GENEVA IMMEDIATE 
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA IMMEDIATE 
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI IMMEDIATE 
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA IMMEDIATE 
USINT HAVANA IMMEDIATE 
AMEMBASSY LUSAKA IMMEDIATE 
C O N F I D E N T I A L HARARE 003105 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR CA A/S MARY RYAN, CA/VO/F/P DARIA 
DARNELL, AF PDAS NANCY POWELL, AF DAS WITNEY SCHNEIDMAN, 
AF/S DIRECTOR ARLENE RENDER, AF/S DEPUTY DIRECTOR DON 
BOOTH, AND AF/S ZIMBABWE DESK OFFICER CHARLES GURNEY 
 
NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR GAYLE SMITH 
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GENEVA FOR RMA 
 
NAIROBI FOR REFCOORD AND INS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/08/10 
TAGS: PREL, PREF, CMGT, ZI, CU 
SUBJECT: CUBANS STILL IN JAIL, INS OFFICER ATTEMPTING TO 
GAIN ACCESS FOR FACE-TO-FACE INTERVIEW 
 
REF: HARARE 3096 
 
CLASSIFIED BY AMBASSADOR TOM MCDONALD FOR REASONS 1.5 
B/D. 
 
1. (C) ON JUNE 8 AMBASSADOR MCDONALD SPOKE WITH MINISTRY 
OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS PERMANENT SECRETARY MACHIVENYIKA 
MAPURANGA TO REITERATE OUR DESIRE TO SOLVE QUICKLY THE 
REFUGEE CASE OF CUBAN DOCTORS LEONEL CORDOVA RODRIGUEZ 
AND NORIS PENA MARTINEZ.  THE AMBASSADOR INFORMED THE 
PERMANENT SECRETARY THAT WE HAD HEARD FROM THE LOCAL 
UNHCR REPRESENTATIVE THAT CUBAN AMBASSADOR RODOLFO 
SARRACINO WAS PRESSURING THE MFA TO HAND OVER THE 
CUBANS, A REQUEST THE AMBASSADOR EXPECTED THE ZIMBABWEAN 
GOVERNMENT WOULD EXERCISE ITS SOVEREIGNTY TO DENY.  THE 
AMBASSADOR ALSO ASKED WHAT WOULD BE THE OPINION OF THE 
ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT IF THE CUBANS WERE REMOVED TO 
ANOTHER COUNTRY PENDING COMPLETION OF IMMIGRATION 
FORMALITIES FOR THE UNITED STATES. 
 
2.  (C) MAPURANGA REPLIED THAT AS FAR AS THE GOVERNMENT 
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OF ZIMBABWE WAS CONCERNED THE CUBANS COULD GO WHERE THEY 
WISHED; THE MATTER WAS NOW THE COMPETENCE OF UNHCR AND 
THE RECEIVING COUNTRY.  RESPONDING TO THE AMBASSADOR'S 
REMARK ABOUT THE CUBAN AMBASSADOR'S EFFORTS, THE 
PERMANENT SECRETARY SAID THAT HIS MINISTRY DID NOT 
CHANGE ITS POSITION WITH "EVERY GUST OF WIND." 
 
3.  (C) AMBASSADOR MCDONALD LATER SPOKE WITH ACTING 
CHIEF IMMIGRATION OFFICER MR. KARAGA TO SECURE THE 
LATTER'S COOPERATION IN ARRANGING ACCESS TO THE CUBANS 
FOR EMBASSY CONSULAR OFFICER HEBRON AND NAIROBI INS 
OFFICER SANJEETA VARSANI.  THE CUBANS OPTED TO REMAIN IN 
THE GOROMONZI DETENTION FACILITY AS THEY WOULD CONTINUE 
TO BE HELD TOGETHER AND, IN ANY EVENT, LIVING CONDITIONS 
WERE OSTENSIBLY BETTER THAN IN THE IMMIGRATION SERVICE'S 
TRANSIT CAMP, ACCORDING TO LOCAL UNHCR REPRESENTATIVE 
JOHN ADU.  THE CHIEF IMMIGRATION OFFICER DISCLAIMED 
KNOWLEDGE OF THE ISSUE AND TRANSFERRED THE CALL TO THE 
ACTION IMMIGRATION OFFICER, WHO INSISTED THAT THE UNHCR 
REPRESENTATIVE CONTACT HIM DIRECTLY WITH THE REQUEST. 
THE AMBASSADOR THEN SPOKE WITH UNHCR REPRESENTATIVE JOHN 
ADU, WHO REPORTED THAT HE ALREADY HAD BEEN IN CONTACT 
WITH THE ACTION OFFICER, BUT WOULD SEEK A FACE-TO-FACE 
MEETING.  AS THIS CABLE IS BEING ISSUED, THE INS OFFICER 
AND EMBASSY CONSULAR OFFICER ARE ON THEIR WAY TO 
GOROMONZI DETENTION FACILITY. 
 
4.  (C) COMMENT: WE CONTINUE TO THINK THAT EVACUATING 
THE CUBANS FROM ZIMBABWE IS THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION TO 
ENSURE THEIR WELFARE.  IN FACT, AMBASSADOR MCDONALD 
STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT THEY BE IMMEDIATELY REMOVED 
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FROM ZIMBABWE TO THE U.S. OR A THIRD COUNTRY.  NO MATTER 
HOW MANY ASSURANCES WE RECEIVE FROM THE GOZ, IT IS STILL 
QUITE POSSIBLE SOMETHING SINISTER IS AFOOT.  OUR 
PREFERENCE WOULD BE FOR THEM TO GO TO THE U.S. FOR 
PROCESSING OR CANADA, IF THEY MUST GO TO A THIRD COUNTRY 
PENDING COMPLETION OF THEIR MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS OR 
OTHER INS FORMALITIES.  A THIRD OPTION WOULD BE KENYA. 
END COMMENT. 
 
MCDONALD 
 
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