US embassy cable - 00HARARE3162

KENYANS REFUSE TO ISSUE TRANSIT VISAS FOR CUBAN DOCTORS

Identifier: 00HARARE3162
Wikileaks: View 00HARARE3162 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Harare
Created: 2000-06-13 09:18:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREF PGOV PHUM PREL ZI CU KE
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 AMEMBASSY NAIROBI IMMEDIATE 
SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6299
INFO USINT HAVANA IMMEDIATE 
COMMISSIONER USINS WASHDC IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY LONDON 
AMEMBASSY LUSAKA 
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA 
AMEMBASSY ROME 
USMISSION GENEVA 
AMEMBASSY CAIRO 
AMEMBASSY ABIDJAN 
C O N F I D E N T I A L HARARE 003162 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR PRM A/S TAFT, PRM/A, PRM/AAA, AF/S, AF/PD, 
WHA/CCA 
 
NAIROBI FOR AMBASSADOR CARSON FROM AMBASSADOR MCDONALD 
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NAIROBI ALSO FOR REFCOORD AND INS 
 
ROME FOR INS 
 
LONDON FOR PFLAUMER 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/13/10 
TAGS: PREF, PGOV, PHUM, PREL, ZI, CU, KE 
SUBJECT: KENYANS REFUSE TO ISSUE TRANSIT VISAS FOR CUBAN 
DOCTORS 
 
REF: NAIROBI 4914 
 
CLASSIFIED BY AMBASSADOR TOM MCDONALD FOR REASONS 1.5 
B/D. 
 
1. (C) ON JUNE 13, AMBASSADOR MCDONALD SPOKE WITH 
AMBASSADOR DR. HUKKA WARIO, HIGH COMMISSIONER OF KENYA 
TO ZIMBABWE, TO SECURE THE LATTER'S ASSISTANCE IN 
ISSUING TRANSIT VISAS FOR CUBAN DOCTORS LEONEL CORDOVA 
RODRIGUEZ AND NORIS DEL CARMEN PENA MARTINEZ.  OVER THE 
JUNE 10-11 WEEKEND HIGH COMMISSIONER WARIO HAD ASSURED 
AMBASSADOR MCDONALD THAT THE VISA WOULD NOT BE A 
PROBLEM, AND THAT IT WAS HIS OPINION THAT THE CUBANS 
WOULD BE ABLE TO BOARD A KENYA AIRWAYS FLIGHT FOR 
NAIROBI WITHOUT VISAS.  THE KENYAN VISAS WILL COST 
US50.00 EACH. 
 
2.  (C) AMBASSADOR WARIO TOLD AMBASSADOR MCDONALD THAT 
AS OF 11:00 A.M. JUNE 13, HE HAD RECEIVED NO REPEAT NO 
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INSTRUCTION FROM HIS FOREIGN MINISTRY REGARDING THE CASE 
OF THE CUBAN DOCTORS (REFTEL).  "THERE IS NOTHING I CAN 
DO," HE SHRUGGED.  MOREOVER, CONTRADICTING HIS EARLIER 
COMMENTS, THE KENYAN HIGH COMMISSIONER NOW REQUIRES 
DOCTORS CORDOVA AND PENA TO BE PRESENT WHEN APPLYING FOR 
THEIR KENYAN VISA.  THE TWO DOCTORS CONTINUE TO BE HELD 
BY ZIMBABWEAN IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES AT GOROMONZI 
DETENTION CENTER. 
 
3.  (C) ACTION REQUESTED FOR NAIROBI: POST WOULD 
APPRECIATE EMBASSY NAIROBI CONVEYING THE SENSE OF HIGH 
COMMISSIONER WARIO'S RESPONSE WITH THE RESPECT TO THE 
CUBANS TO APPROPRIATE KENYAN FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIALS. 
IF THE KENYAN FOREIGN MINISTRY AGREES TO INSTRUCT ITS 
HIGH COMMISSIONER IN HARARE IN WRITING, POST WOULD 
APPRECIATE A COPY OF THAT INSTRUCTION TO PRESENT TO THE 
KENYAN HIGH COMMISSION WHEN WE AGAIN ATTEMPT TO APPLY 
FOR VISAS FOR THE CUBAN DOCTORS. 
 
4.  (C) ACTION REQUESTED FOR DEPARTMENT: IF THE GOK 
CANNOT GET ITS ACT TOGETHER IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS, POST 
WOULD APPRECIATE AUTHORIZATION TO APPROACH THE HIGH 
COMMISSION OF CANADA.  WE PROPOSE THAT CANADA ALLOW THE 
CUBAN DOCTORS TO STAY A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME IN THEIR 
TERRITORY IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THEIR UNITED STATES 
IMMIGRATION PROCESSING REQUIREMENTS. 
 
MCDONALD 
 
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