US embassy cable - 01HARARE1051

CANADIAN REPORT OF CONVERSATION ON CONGO WITH ASSISTANT SADC SPECIAL ENVOY

Identifier: 01HARARE1051
Wikileaks: View 01HARARE1051 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Harare
Created: 2001-03-19 11:23:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PGOV MCAP CG ZI RW UG CA
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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 PRIORITY 8455
INFO NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA PRIORITY 
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY PRIORITY
RWANDA COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 HARARE 001051 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR JENDAYI FRAZER 
 
LONDON FOR CHARLES GURNEY 
 
PARIS FOR BISA WILLIAMS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: (1.6X5) 
TAGS: PGOV, MCAP, CG, ZI, RW, UG, CA 
SUBJECT: CANADIAN REPORT OF CONVERSATION ON CONGO 
WITH ASSISTANT SADC SPECIAL ENVOY 
 
REF: HARARE 1048 (NOTAL) 
 
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CLASSIFIED BY CHARGE D'AFFAIRES EARL M. IRVING FOR 
REASONS 1.5 (B) AND (D). 
 
1.  (C) FOLLOWING IS AN ACCOUNT BY CANADIAN DEPUTY HIGH 
COMMISSIONER IN HARARE RON WILLSON (STRICTLY PROTECT) OF 
THE SAME CONVERSATION REPORTED IN REFTEL.  WILLSON 
SUPPLIES ADDITIONAL DETAIL, PARTICULARLY ON ZIMBABWEAN 
PERCEPTIONS OF THE RWANDA-UGANDA RIFT, STRAINS IN HIS 
GOVERNMENT'S RELATIONSHIP WITH ANGOLA IN THE WAKE OF 
LAURENT KABILA'S ASSASSINATION, INCLUDING THE SUSPICION 
THE LATTER MAY HAVE HAD A HAND IN IT, AND THE FRENCH 
ROLE IN THE CONGO. 
 
2.  (C) [BEGIN TEXT OF REPORT] SUMMARY: ZIMBABWE EXPECTS 
NEXT MONTH TO START REPATRIATING TROOPS IN SUBSTANTIAL 
NUMBERS.  IT CLAIMS THAT THERE HAS BEEN NO FALLING OUT 
WITH ANGOLA.  IT SEES WESTERN POWERS AS BEING MORE 
SUPPORTIVE NOW OF THE PEACE PROCESS, BUT BELIEVES 
RWANDAN SECURITY CONCERNS ARE STILL GIVEN TOO MUCH 
CREDENCE.  SUSPICIONS REMAIN HIGH THAT RWANDA AND UGANDA 
WILL TRY TO SCUTTLE THE PEACE PROCESS.  [END SUMMARY.] 
 
3.  (C) REPORT: TOGETHER WITH US CHARGE WE MET ON 16 
MARCH WITH DAVID HAMADZIRIPI, FORMERLY MFA 
UNDERSECRETARY FOR AFRICA AND NOW ASSISTANT TO 
ZIMBABWE'S SPECIAL ENVOY IN KINSHASA.  HE HAS BEEN OUT 
OF KINSHASA FOR PAST MONTH, ACCOMPANYINQ MINISTER 
MUDENGE IN LUSAKA AND NEW YORK AND PRESIDENT MUQABE IN 
BRUSSELS AND PARIS. 
 
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4.  (C) HAMADZIRIPI REPEATED MUCH OF WHAT MUDENQE SAID 
IN BRIEFINQ TO DIPLOMATIC CORPS REPORTED IN OUR WUGR0042 
OF 14 MARCH.  HE WAS AWARE OF OUR 15 MARCH PRESS RELEASE 
IN ZIMBABWE AND WAS NOT PLEASED WITH IT, BUT THIS DID 
NOT DETRACT FROM OTHERWISE FRIENDLY EXCHANGE. 
 
5.  (C) WHILE ARGUING THAT KABILA WAS KEEPING MUGABE 
INFORMED, THEIR LAST EXCHANGE HAVING APPARENTLY BEEN IN 
SIRTE (BUT NOT IN WINDHOEK, WHERE SADC BUSINESS CROWDED 
OUT EVERYTHING ELSE), HAMADZIRIPI DID ALLOW THAT IN SOME 
QUARTERS IN HARARE THERE WAS SIMMERING RESENTMENT THAT 
KABILA HAD NOT YET VISITED HERE BUT WAS ALREADY ON HIS 
SECOND TRIP TO EUROPE.  BY WAY OF JUSTIFICATION, THOUGH, 
HAMADZIRIPI SAID THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT DOMESTICALLY FOR 
KABILA TO BE PERCEIVED AS HIS OWN MAN. 
 
6.  (C) HAMADZIRIPI SAID THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE CONCERNED 
THAT ZIMBABWEAN TROOPS HAD NOT YET STARTED TO WITHDRAW 
UNDER PHASE TWO.  ORDERS HAD BEEN SENT OUT FROM HARARE 
TO THE FIELD AND THE WITHDRAWAL SHOULD BEGIN SOON.  NEXT 
MONTH TROOPS WOULD BEGIN TO BE REPATRIATED TO ZIMBABWE, 
FROM BOTH THE EXTRA TROOPS DISPATCHED AFTER THE 
ASSASSINATION OF LAURENT KABILA AND THOSE BEING PULLED 
BACK UNDER PHASE TWO.  HE SAID MONUC HAD ASKED ALLIED 
FORCES NOT TO OCCUPY PWETO EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE 
ENTITLED TO DO SO UNDER KAMPALA AND THE HARARE SUBPLANS. 
HE GAVE THE IMPRESSION THAT ZIMBABWE WOULD COMPLY. 
 
7.  (C) HAMADZIRIPI AS USUAL REMAINED SUSPICIOUS OF BOTH 
UGANDA AND RWANDA, THOUGH NOT DISAPPOINTED WITH THEIR 
FALLING OUT WITH EACH OTHER.  UGANDA HAD SO FAR 
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WITHDRAWN 550 SOLDIERS, NOT THE TWO BRIGADES IT WAS 
TOUTING.  RWANDA HAD OFFERED TO WITHDRAW 200 KILOMETERS 
ONLY BECAUSE THIS WOULD SHORTEN ITS OVERSTRETCHED LINES 
OF RESUPPLY.  HE SAID THAT ZIMBABWE TOOK RWANDA'S 
SECURITY CONCERNS SERIOUSLY, CITING SOME DIRECT 
BILATERAL EXCHANGES ON THE MATTER, BUT AT THE SAME TIME 
ESSENTIALLY DISMISSED THEM AS A PRETEXT.  WE ARGUED THAT 
THEY HAD TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.  RWANDA'S FIT OF ANGER 
WITH ZAMBIA FOR ALLOWING SUSPECTED GENOCIDAIRES TO 
ESCAPE WAS A FURTHER SIGN OF THE SERIOUSNESS WITH WHICH 
THAT COUNTRY REGARDED THE ISSUE. 
 
8.  (C) HAMADZIRIPI 
DISMISSED REPORTS THAT SERIOUS 
DIFFERENCES HAD EMERGED BETWEEN ZIMBABWE AND ANGOLA IN 
THE AFTERMATH OF LAURENT KABILA'S ASSASSINATION.  HE 
ALSO DENIED THAT ZIMBABWE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE 
INVESTIGATION OF THE ASSASSINATION.  ZIMBABWE WAS ONLY 
THE CHAIR OF WHAT WAS A SADC COMMISSION WHICH INCLUDED 
ALL THE ALLIES.  ON THE OTHER HAND, HAMADZIRIPI AT ONE 
POINT SEEMED TO HINT THAT THE ANGOLANS COULD HAVE BEEN 
INVOLVED IN THE ASSASSINATION. 
 
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P 191123Z MAR 01 
FM AMEMBASSY HARARE 
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8456 
INFO NSC WASHDC PRIORITY 
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA PRIORITY 
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY PRIORITY 
RWANDA COLLECTIVE PRIORITY 
 
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 02 OF 02 HARARE 001051 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR JENDAYI FRAZER 
 
LONDON FOR CHARLES GURNEY 
 
PARIS FOR BISA WILLIAMS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: (1.6X5) 
TAGS: PGOV, MCAP, MOPS PREL,CG, ZI, RW, UG, CA 
SUBJECT: CANADIAN REPORT OF CONVERSATION ON CONGO 
WITH ASSISTANT SADC SPECIAL ENVOY 
 
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9.  (C) HAMADZIRIPI SAID THAT THE REASON ANGOLAN ARMED 
FORCES COMMANDER DE MATOS HAD BEEN SACKED WAS FOR HIS 
FREE-LANCING WITH UGANDA.  HE HAD GONE TOO FAR IN HIS 
OVERTURES TO UGANDA WITHOUT DOS SANTOS' APPROVAL AND THE 
PRESIDENT ALSO SAW HIM AS A POTENTIAL RIVAL.  ZIMBABWE 
WAS NOW CONFIDENT THAT ANGOLA HAD "DRAWN A LINE IN THE 
SAND" AT MBANDAKA AGAINST THE MLC AND UGANDA. 
ZIMBABWEAN AND ANGOLAN TROOPS WERE WORKING HARMONIOUSLY 
IN KINSHASA, LUBUMBASHI AND WHEREVER ELSE THEY WERE 
STATIONED TOGETHER. 
 
10.  (C) AS FOR THE POSITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL 
PLAYERS, HAMADZIRIPI EXPRESSED SATISFACTION WITH THE US 
POSITION, WHICH HE PERCEIVES AS HAVING EVOLVED IN 
FAVORABLE DIRECTION UNDER THE NEW ADMINISTRATION.  THE 
UK IS STILL PERCEIVED AS A SPOILER.  BELGIUM WAS GOING 
ALL-OUT TO PLAY A LARGE ROLE, IN CONTRAST TO THE 
PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT THERE, WHICH HAD BACKED AWAY FROM 
AFRICA.  BELGIUM WAS OFFERING, FOR EXAMPLE, TO HOST AND 
PAY FOR THE INTER-CONGOLESE DIALOGUE.  HE SAW THE 
BELGIANS AS BEING SYMPATHETIC TO THE UNARMED OPPOSITION. 
HAMADZIRIPI WAS ODDLY RETICENT ABOUT FRENCH POLICY.  HE 
ALLOWED THAT THE FRENCH DID NOT LIKE KAGAME, BUT SEEMED 
TO PERCEIVE THE FRENCH POSITION AS BEING NOT ENTIRELY 
FAVORABLE TO THE ZIMBABWEAN POSITION.  [END TEXT OF 
REPORT.] 
 
IRVING 
 
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