US embassy cable - 00HARARE3323

HANDING OVER CUBAN DOCTORS' PASSPORTS TO UNHCR

Identifier: 00HARARE3323
Wikileaks: View 00HARARE3323 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Harare
Created: 2000-06-20 11:31:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREF PGOV PHUM PREL ZI CU
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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6350
INFO USINT HAVANA PRIORITY 
COMMISSIONER USINS WASHDC PRIORITY
AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE PRIORITY 
AMEMBASSY LUSAKA 
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA 
AMEMBASSY ROME 
USMISSION GENEVA 
AMEMBASSY CAIRO 
AMEMBASSY ABIDJAN 
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI 
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 
AMEMBASSY LONDON 
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 HARARE 003323 
 
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DEPT FOR PRM A/S TAFT, PRM/A, PRM/AAA, AF/S, AF/PD, 
WHA/CCA 
NAIROBI FOR REFCOORD AND INS 
ROME FOR INS 
LONDON FOR PFLAUMER 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/20/10 
TAGS: PREF, PGOV, PHUM, PREL, ZI, CU 
SUBJECT: HANDING OVER CUBAN DOCTORS' PASSPORTS TO UNHCR 
 
REF: A). STATE 115930 (NOTAL) 
 
     B). HARARE 3277 
 
CLASSIFIED BY AMBASSADOR TOM MCDONALD FOR REASONS 1.5 
B/D. 
 
1.  (U) THIS IS AN ACTION REQUESTED MESSAGE.  PLEASE SEE 
PARAGRAPH 6. 
 
2. (C) DCM AND CONSUL MET WITH UNHCR ATTORNEY MICHIEL 
SALOMONS THE MORNING OF JUNE 20 IN RESPONSE TO HIS 
REQUEST THAT THE PASSPORTS OF CUBAN DOCTORS' LEONEL 
CORDOVA RODRIGUEZ AND NORIS DEL CARMEN PENA MARTINEZ BE 
GIVEN TO UNHCR.  SALOMONS NEEDED THESE TO OBTAIN VISAS 
THAT AN UNNAMED COUNTRY WOULD GRANT FOR CONDITIONAL 
RESETTLEMENT.  THE UNHCR ATTORNEY APOLOGIZED FOR NOT 
BEING ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE COUNTRY, STATING THAT IN 
DOING SO HE WAS ONLY FOLLOWING THE ORDERS OF HIS BOSS 
(UNHCR REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE OLUSEYI BAJULAIYE). 
 
3.  (C) ACCORDING TO SALOMONS, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF 
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ELEMENTS IN THE CASE PREVENTING THE UNHCR FROM ISSUING 
THEM TRAVEL DOCUMENTS.  THEY INCLUDE THE STRONG PROTEST 
MADE BY THE UNHCR ON THE GOZ'S DENIAL OF ACCESS TO 
PROPER AND LEGAL REFUGEE PROCEDURES, THE RULING BY THE 
ZIMBABWE ELIGIBILITY COMMITTEE THAT IT COULD NEITHER 
ACCEPT NOR REJECT THE CUBANS CLAIM FOR REFUGEE STATUS, 
AND THE COMMITTEE'S REQUEST THAT UNHCR FIND A DURABLE 
SOLUTION HAS ONLY FURTHER COMPLICATED THE PROCESS. 
SALOMONS WAS PROUD TO CLAIM THAT THE UNHCR HAS NOW COME 
UP WITH A "SOLUTION", HAVING LOCATED A COUNTRY WILLING 
TO ACCEPT THE CUBANS ON A TEMPORARY BASIS.  THE UNHCR 
HAS NEGOTIATED A WRITTEN AGREEMENT WITH THIS UNSPECIFIED 
COUNTRY. 
 
4.  (C) SALOMONS SAID THE RESETTLEMENT COUNTRY HAS 
STIPULATED THAT THE PASSPORTS OF THE CUBAN DOCTORS MUST 
BE GIVEN TO THEM FOR VISA ISSUANCE.  SALOMONS AGAIN 
REITERATED THAT THE UNHCR WAS LEGALLY PROHIBITED FROM 
ISSUING TRAVEL DOCUMENTS TO THE TWO CUBANS AS IT 
CONSIDERS THEM TO BE ASYLUM SEEKERS OR "DE FACTO" 
REFUGEES.  THEREFORE, THE VISAS WOULD HAVE TO BE PUT IN 
THE CUBANS PASSPORTS.  SALOMONS ALSO OPINED THAT 
REGARDLESS OF THE LEGALITY OF HIS ORGANIZATION ISSUING 
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, IT WOULD NOT DO SO, DUE TO "POLITICAL" 
CONSIDERATIONS.  SALOMONS ALSO ADVISED US THAT HE 
BELIEVES THAT THE GOZ WILL NOT RELEASE THE CUBANS TO THE 
UNHCR FOR RESETTLEMENT TO THE UNNAMED COUNTRY EVEN WITH 
THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE LATTER. 
 
5.  (C) OF INTEREST, AND IN DIRECT CONTRADICTION TO WHAT 
WE WERE TOLD ON JUNE 19, SALOMONS ADMITTED THAT 
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CONDITIONS AT THE NEW LOCATION WHERE THE CUBANS ARE 
BEING HELD ARE SIGNIFICANTLY WORSE THAN AT THE GOROMONZI 
DETENTION CENTER.  DUE TO THIS, THE UNHCR IS NOW 
REQUESTING THAT THE CUBANS TO MOVED TO YET ANOTHER, 
UNSPECIFIED, THIRD LOCATION.  OUR SURPRISE AT THIS 
TURNAROUND WAS EVIDENT, HAVING RECEIVED ASSURANCES FROM 
BOTH BAJULAIYE AND SALOMONS ONLY 24 HOURS AGO THAT THEY 
HAD INSPECTED THE NEW REMAND FACILITIES AND FOUND IT TO 
BE FAR BETTER THAN GOROMONZI.  UNHCR HAD NEGOTIATED 
AMENITIES FOR THE CUBANS AT GORONMONZI TO INCLUDE FIVE 
BLANKETS, A DAILY SHOWER AND THREE MEALS A DAY ALL OF 
WHICH WAS BEING DENIED TO THEM AT THE NEW FACILITIES. 
DOCTOR CORDOVA RODRIGUEZ HAD BEEN PLACED IN A CROWDED 
CELL WITH EIGHT OTHER PRISONERS, TWO OF WHOM IMMEDIATELY 
BEGAN BEATING HIM.  THE POLICE REACTED AND REMOVED THE 
CUBAN DOCTOR FROM THE CELL AND PLACED HIM IN A SINGLE 
CELL.  BOTH CUBANS ARE SCHEDULED TO HAVE MEDICAL 
EXAMINATIONS SOMETIME TODAY. 
 
6.  (C) ACTION REQUESTED: SINCE UNHCR IS IN FULL CONTROL 
OF THIS PROCESS, POST ASSUMES THAT IT SHOULD RELEASE THE 
PASSPORTS OF THE CUBAN DOCTORS TO THE UNHCR 
REPRESENTATIVE. HOWEVER, POST WOULD APPRECIATE 
INSTRUCTIONS ON THIS POINT. 
 
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O 201131Z JUN 00 
FM AMEMBASSY HARARE 
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6351 
INFO USINT HAVANA PRIORITY 
COMMISSIONER USINS WASHDC PRIORITY 
AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE PRIORITY 
AMEMBASSY LUSAKA 
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA 
AMEMBASSY ROME 
USMISSION GENEVA 
AMEMBASSY CAIRO 
AMEMBASSY ABIDJAN 
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI 
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 
AMEMBASSY LONDON 
 
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 02 OF 02 HARARE 003323 
 
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DEPT FOR PRM A/S TAFT, PRM/A, PRM/AAA, AF/S, AF/PD, 
WHA/CCA 
NAIROBI FOR REFCOORD AND INS 
ROME FOR INS 
LONDON FOR PFLAUMER 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/20/10 
TAGS: PREF, PGOV, PHUM, PREL, ZI, CU 
SUBJECT: HANDING OVER CUBAN DOCTORS' PASSPORTS TO UNHCR 
 
MCDONALD 
 
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