US embassy cable - 00HARARE3344

UNHCR TO PROPOSE RESETTLING CUBAN DOCTORS IN UNSPECIFIED THIRD COUNTRY

Identifier: 00HARARE3344
Wikileaks: View 00HARARE3344 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Harare
Created: 2000-06-20 16:05:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREF PGOV PHUM PREL ZI CU
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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6354
INFO USINT HAVANA PRIORITY 
COMMISSIONER USINS WASHDC PRIORITY
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA PRIORITY 
AMEMBASSY LUSAKA 
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA 
AMEMBASSY ROME 
USMISSION GENEVA 
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI 
AMEMBASSY LONDON 
C O N F I D E N T I A L HARARE 003344 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR PRM A/S TAFT, PRM/A, PRM/AAA, AF/S, AF/PD, 
WHA/CCA 
NAIROBI FOR REFCOORD AND INS 
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ROME FOR INS 
LONDON FOR PFLAUMER 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/20/10 
TAGS: PREF, PGOV, PHUM, PREL, ZI, CU 
SUBJECT: UNHCR TO PROPOSE RESETTLING CUBAN DOCTORS IN 
UNSPECIFIED THIRD COUNTRY 
 
REF: A). WHITE/HEBRON TELCON 6/20/00 
 
     B). HARARE 3323 
 
CLASSIFIED BY AMBASSADOR TOM MCDONALD FOR REASONS 1.5 
B/D. 
 
1. (C) UNHCR REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE OLUSEYI BAJULAIYE 
TOLD AMBASSADOR MCDONALD ON JUNE 20 THAT HE WOULD BE 
DELIVERING THAT DAY A LETTER FROM UNITED NATIONS DEPUTY 
HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES SOREN JESSEN-PETERSEN TO 
ZIMBABWEAN VICE PRESIDENT JOSEPH MSIKA THROUGH THE 
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS.  THE LETTER WILL PRESENT A 
CONCRETE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF THE CUBAN DOCTORS, 
AND STATE THAT THE UNHCR HAS IDENTIFIED A COUNTRY FOR 
THEIR IMMEDIATE RESETTLEMENT.  BAJULAIYE WOULD NOT 
IDENTIFY THE COUNTRY BEFORE HE HAD PROPOSED IT TO THE 
ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT.  HE SAID THAT HE HOPED THAT THE 
ZIMBABWEANS WOULD REACT QUICKLY AND POSITIVELY, AND 
COUNTED ON HIS PERSONAL FRIENDSHIP WITH ZIMBABWEAN 
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS PERMANENT SECRETARY 
MACHIVENYIKA MAPURANGA TO HELP LUBRICATE THE CUBANS' 
RELEASE PROCESS.  HOWEVER, HE ALSO ACKNOWLEDGED THE 
GOVERNMENT'S DISTRACTION WITH THE PARLIAMENTARY 
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ELECTION, A FACT THAT COULD REQUIRE THE CUBANS TO EXTEND 
THEIR STAY IN ZIMBABWE. 
 
2.  (C) THE REGIONAL UNHCR REPRESENTATIVE ASSURED 
AMBASSADOR MCDONALD THAT HIS STAFF VISITED THE CUBANS 
EVERY DAY.  SPEAKING "OFF THE RECORD," BAJULAIYE 
(PROTECT) SAID THAT THE ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT 
FORCIBLY REPATRIATE THE CUBANS, BUT RATHER WANTED THEM 
TO "STEW" FOR A WHILE.  BY MAKING THE CUBANS SUFFER, THE 
ZIMBABWEAN GOVERNMENT WOULD SEND A SIGNAL TO OTHER 
WOULD-BE DEFECTORS REGARDING THEIR CHOICE OF ZIMBABWE AS 
A JUMPING OFF POINT. 
 
3.  (C) CONSUL HANDED OVER THE CUBANS PASSPORTS TO 
BAJULAIYE ALONG WITH A FEW OTHER PERSONAL BELONGINGS. 
EMBASSY SOUGHT GUIDANCE FROM DEPARTMENT (REFTEL B) AS TO 
THE ADVISABILITY OF HANDING OVER THE CUBANS PASSPORTS TO 
UNHCR TO FACILITATE THEIR TRAVEL TO A THIRD COUNTRY FOR 
RESETTLEMENT.  DEPARTMENT (PRM'S CRAIG WHITE) CONCURRED 
THAT EMBASSY SHOULD HAND OVER THE CUBANS' PASSPORTS TO 
UNHCR, AS THAT ORGANIZATION WAS OFFICIALLY RESPONSIBLE 
FOR THE CUBANS (REF A). 
 
MCDONALD 
 
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