US embassy cable - 00HARARE6956

ZIMBABWE PARLIAMENT RATIFIES OTTAWA CONVENTION BANNING ANTI-PERSONNEL MINES CONFIDENTIAL

Identifier: 00HARARE6956
Wikileaks: View 00HARARE6956 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Harare
Created: 2000-12-12 05:27:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: KHDP MOPS PARM PGOV PREL ZI
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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7818
INFO NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI 
DMINE COLLECTIVE
C O N F I D E N T I A L HARARE 006956 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR GAYLE SMITH 
 
LONDON FOR CHARLES GURNEY 
 
PARIS FOR BISA WILLIAMS 
 
PASS USTR FOR ROSA WHITAKER 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/11/10 
TAGS: KHDP, MOPS, PARM, PGOV, PREL, ZI 
SUBJECT: ZIMBABWE PARLIAMENT RATIFIES OTTAWA CONVENTION 
BANNING ANTI-PERSONNEL MINES 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
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CLASSIFIED BY AMBASSADOR TOM MCDONALD FOR REASONS: 1.5 
(B) AND (D). 
 
1.  (U) ON DECEMBER 5, ZIMBABWE'S PARLIAMENT PASSED THE 
ANTI-PERSONNEL MINES (PROHIBITION) BILL, WHICH RATIFIES 
THE OTTAWA CONVENTION BANNING ANTI-PERSONNEL LANDMINES. 
PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION ARE PROHIBITED FROM USING, 
STOCKPILING, TRANSFERRING, AND PRODUCING ANTI-PERSONNEL 
MINES.  ON NOVEMBER 16, THE ZIMBABWE NATIONAL ARMY (ZNA) 
DESTROYED ITS STOCKPILE OF APPROXIMATELY 4500 LANDMINES 
IN A CEREMONY ATTENDED BY WESTERN MILITARY AND 
DIPLOMATIC OBSERVERS.  AT THE CEREMONY, DEFENSE MINISTER 
MOVEN MAHACHI DENIED RUMORS THAT ZIMBABWE WAS USING 
ANTI-PERSONNEL LANDMINES IN THE DRC. 
 
2.  (C) COMMENT: IN ADDITION TO SUBSCRIBING TO A 
WORTHWHILE ENDEAVOR, THE PASSING OF THE ANTI-LANDMINE 
BILL DEMONSTRATES THAT THE BITTERLY DIVIDED POLITICAL 
PARTIES IN THE ZIMBABWE PARLIAMENT CAN WORK TOGETHER ON 
ISSUES OF GLOBAL IMPORTANCE.  THE RATIFICATION MEASURE 
GOES TO PRESIDENT MUGABE FOR HIS SIGNATURE, AND, GIVEN 
THE ZNA'S VISIBLE BACKING, WE EXPECT HIM TO ENACT IT 
INTO LAW.  END COMMENT. 
 
MCDONALD 
 
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