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Mugabe reneging on his commitments!

United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer told Senegalese Foreign Minister Cheik Gadio that she thought President Robert Mugabe was reneging on the Global Political Agreement that he had entered into with the two leaders of the Movement for Democratic Change.

She said that according to the pre-agreement understanding, Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the larger faction of the MDC, understood that his party would have control over the Ministry of Finance, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and Home Affairs.

There was, however, now a deadlock and she feared that Mugabe was rolling back on his commitments.

Gadio said he was going to meet someone from Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Finance and would inquire on the status of the allocation of ministries.

Mugabe was not in good books with Frazer and at one time said she was trotting around the world like a prostitute urging world leaders not to accept him as leader of Zimbabwe.

 

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2008-10-03 13:37

2011-08-30 01:44

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SUBJECT: A/S JENDAYI E. FRAZER,S SEPTEMBER 25 MEETING WITH

SENEGALESE FM CHEIKH GADIO

 

Classified By: Jendayi E. Frazer for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

 

1. (U) SUMMARY: A/S Jendayi E. Frazer met with Senegalese

Foreign Minister Cheikh Gadio September 25 on the margins of

UNGA. They discussed South African President Mbeki,s

resignation, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Senegal,s relationship with

Iran, and the state of Senegal,s democratic institutions.

END SUMMARY.

 

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South Africa

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2. (SBU) A/S Frazer sought Gadio,s view of the causes and

implications of President Mbeki,s resignation. Gadio stated

his belief that outrage amongst hardliners within the ANC

over continued probing of the Zuma case forced Mbeki,s

resignation. Gadio also noted that despite the possibly

negative implications for the power sharing agreement in

Zimbabwe, Mbeki,s renunciation of power could serve as a

powerful example for other African leaders.

 

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Zimbabwe

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3. (SBU) On the situation in Zimbabwe, Gadio noted that

Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade had hoped Mbeki would

take a stronger stance towards Mugabe but expressed concern

over what Mbeki,s departure would mean for the recently

brokered power sharing agreement. A/S Frazer added that

according to the pre-agreement understanding, Morgan

Tsvangirai understood that the MDC would have control over

the Ministry of Finance, the Reserve Bank, and Home Affairs

and expressed concern that the deadlock in the allocation of

ministries may mean that Mugabe is rolling back on his

commitments. Gadio told Frazer he would be meeting with a

representative of Zimbabwe,s Finance Ministry later in the

day and would inquire on the status of the allocation of

ministries.

 

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Sudan

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4. (SBU) Frazer and Gadio discussed the situation in Sudan

with a specific emphasis on the ICC indictment of President

al-Bashir. Gadio mentioned that President Wade has asked the

ICC to suspend the case for one year but stressed that the

pressure the indictments have put on Sudanese leaders

presents an opportunity to push Sudan to make concrete

commitments. Frazer emphasized that the United States has

not ratified the ICC and is not behind the indictment but

will veto any movement to defer the case short of

quantifiable improvements on the ground, including deployment

of an additional 3,000-4,000 peacekeepers by end of 2008.

 

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Iran

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5. (C) A/S Frazer sought Gadio,s views of Senegal,s

relationship with Iran. Gadio stressed that Senegal cannot

take an entirely &common approach8 on the Iranian problem

since it chairs the OIC and added that Senegal,s position

has allowed it to serve as a mediator between Iran and

Western powers (Note: In an earlier meeting with DRL A/S

David Kramer Gadio asserted that Iran believes Senegal is an

“honest broker”, end note). Gadio also made reference to

certain commercial interests. He noted, for example, that

Iran has promised to open a car factory and that it has not

yet delivered on a longstanding promise to build an oil

refinery.

 

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Senegal,s Democracy

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6. (SBU) When Frazer sought the Foreign Minister,s view of

the current political climate in Senegal, Gadio asserted that

the recent constitutional amendment extending the

president,s term from five to seven years does not apply to

President Wade,s term. Gadio stressed that President Wade

is open to dialogue, noting that recent restrictions on press

freedom are in part the result of untrained journalists

making unsubstantiated accusations about President Wade.

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