US embassy cable - 92HARARE9239

SADC'S FUTURE

Identifier: 92HARARE9239
Wikileaks: View 92HARARE9239 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Harare
Created: 1992-08-21 14:15:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: ECIN RAID ETRD PREL ZU ZI
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
R 211415Z AUG 92
FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 5321
INFO AMEMBASSY LUSAKA
AMEMBASSY MBABANE
AMEMBASSY WINDHOEK
AMEMBASSY LONDON
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI
AMEMBASSY LILONGWE
USLO LUANDA
AMEMBASSY GABORONE
AMEMBASSY MAPUTO
AMEMBASSY DAR ES SALAAM
AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA
AMEMBASSY MASERU
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA
C O N F I D E N T I A L HARARE 009239 
 
 
STATE FOR AF/EPS, AF/E, AND AF/S 
AID/W FOR AFR/DP 
LONDON FOR MCKINLEY 
 
E.O.   12356:  DECL: 08/20/12 
TAGS:  ECIN, RAID, ETRD, PREL, ZU, ZI . 
SUBJ:  SADC'S FUTURE 
 
REF:   A. WINDHOEK 2413, B. STATE 261031 (NOTAL) 
 
1. (C) ZIMBABWE SEES THE CREATION OF THE NEW SOUTHERN 
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY (SADC) AS A FIRST STEP 
TOWARD AN EFFECTIVE REGIONAL TRADING BLOC.  MFA 
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS 
NELSON CHICHAYA TOLD POLOFF THAT ZIMBABWE RECOGNIZES 
THAT SOUTH AFRICA MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE SADC FOR THE 
REGIONAL GROUP TO FLOURISH. 
 
2. (C) CHICHAYA SAID THAT PRESIDENTS MASIRE AND MUGABE 
DID NOT AND WOULD NOT SUPPORT ANY MERGER WITH THE 
PREFERENTIAL TRADE AREA FOR EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA 
(PTA).  THEY BELIEVE THE PTA IS TOO LARGE AND HAS TOO 
MANY UNSTABLE MEMBERS TO BE AN EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATION. 
MFA REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS OFFICER MANGWANA TOLD THE AID 
DIRECTOR THAT THE SADC SUMMIT COMMISSIONED A STUDY ON 
"HARMONIZING" SADC-PTA RELATIONS, EXPLICITLY RECOGNIZING 
THAT BOTH WILL CONTINUE TO EXIST SO THEY NEED TO STUDY 
HOW TO AVOID DUPLICATION.  THE GOZ ENVISIONS AN AFRICAN 
ECONOMIC COMMUNITY WHICH WOULD BE COMPOSED OF FOUR OR 
FIVE REGIONAL TRADING ORGANIZATIONS. 
 
3. (LOU) MISSION OFFICERS HAVE REQUESTED APPOINTMENTS 
WITH OTHER SENIOR GOZ OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF 
THE SADC.  WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE THEM UNTIL THE END 
OF AUGUST AFTER THE ZIMBABWEAN DELEGATION HAS PREPARED 
ITS REPORT FOR THE CABINET. 
 
4. (LOU) THE MISSION CONGRATULATES WINDHOEK ON ITS 
REPORT ON THE SADC SUMMIT.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVING 
COPIES OF THE CONFERENCE DOCUMENTS. 
 
STAPLES 

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