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Tsvangirai asked Mwanawasa for help

Movement for Democratic change leader Morgan Tsvangirai asked Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa to convene an emergency meeting of the Southern African Development Community to discuss the security situation in Zimbabwe but Mwanawasa said he could not do so because there was a meeting of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development the following week.

 

Strive Masiyiwa who met Mwanawasa with Tsvangirai said the Zambian President‘s interest in Tsvangirai’s request was piqued when one of his ministers informed him during the meeting that over 800 Zimbabwean military deserters had entered Zambia recently. Mwanawasa expressed concern about potential crime problems.

 

Full cable:

 

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08HARARE454

2008-05-22 12:48

2011-08-30 01:44

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SUBJECT: TSVANGIRAI ASKS MWANAWASA FOR SADC ASSISTANCE

 

Classified By: Ambassador James D. McGee for reason 1.4 (d)

 

1. (C) MDC advisor Strive Masiyiwa told the Ambassador on

May 22 that he and MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai had met

May 21 in Lusaka with Zambian president Levy Mwanawasa and

other high-ranking Zambian officials. Tsvangirai requested

that SADC convene an emergency summit to discuss the security

situation and SADC observation in Zimbabwe.

 

2. (C) Mwanawasa told Tsvangirai that TICAD IV in Tokyo, to

begin next week, made convocation of a summit difficult. He

said he would try to hold a meeting on the issue of SADC

observation with his SADC colleagues on the margins of TICAD

IV. Mwanawasa, referring to the SADC Communique issued after

SADC’s April 13 Extraordinary Summit in Lusaka, said he

supported SADC observation and believed SADC could send as

many observers as it wished. He also said SADC would take

(unspecified) measures to guarantee Tsvangirai’s safety in

Zimbabwe.

 

3. (C) According to Masiyiwa, Mwanawasa’s interest in

Tsvangirai’s request was piqued when one of his ministers

during the meeting informed him that recently over 800

Zimbabwean military deserters had entered Zambia. Mwanawasa

expressed concern about potential crime problems.

 

McGee

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