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DATE=6/23/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251007 TITLE=ZIMBABWE / CONGO (L ONLY) BYLINE=LAWRENCE BARTLETT DATELINE=HARARE CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: TALKS AIMED AT ENDING THE WAR IN CONGO-KINSHASA ARE SCHEDULED IN THE ZAMBIAN CAPITAL, LUSAKA, ON SATURDAY. BUT AS LAWRENCE BARTLETT REPORTS FROM HARARE, THE SUMMIT IS BEING VIEWED WITH SUSPICION BY SOME OF THE NATIONS INVOLVED. TEXT: CONGO-KINSHASA'S PRESIDENT LAURENT KABILA HAS SPENT TWO DAYS IN HARARE, HOLDING A SERIES OF MEETINGS WITH ZIMBABWE'S PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE, WHO HAS SENT THOUSANDS OF TROOPS TO SUPPORT MR. KABILA AGAINST A REBELLION. MR. MUGABE TOLD REPORTERS AFTERWARDS THAT THE SUMMIT DEPENDS ON A PRELIMINARY MEETING OF MINISTERS PRODUCING AN ACCEPTABLE CEASEFIRE DOCUMENT, ADDING THAT UNTIL THEN, THE WAR WOULD GO ON. /// MUGABE ACT /// THE WAR CONTINUES, AND FOR US, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT WE STRENGTHEN OUR DEFENSE FORCES, STRENGTHEN OUR OWN LINES OF RESISTANCE, AND PREVENT MORE GROUND BEING TAKEN AND OCCUPIED BY THE INVADING FORCES. /// END ACT /// MR. MUGABE MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE AND MR. KABILA REMAIN SUSPICIOUS OF THE INTENTIONS OF RWANDA AND UGANDA, WHICH SUPPORT THE REBELS TRYING TO TOPPLE THE KINSHASA GOVERNMENT. HE SAID THEY WANTED TO BE CERTAIN THAT THEY ARE NOT BEING DECEIVED AND THAT THE REBELS WILL NOT USE THE COVER OF CEASEFIRE TALKS TO GAIN MORE TERRITORY. A MEETING OF OFFICIALS MEANT TO PAVE THE WAY FOR THE MINISTERIAL TALKS REFERRED TO BY MR. MUGABE WAS TO BEGIN IN LUSAKA ON MONDAY, BUT HAD STILL NOT STARTED BY LATE WEDNESDAY. THE LUSAKA PEACE SUMMIT WAS FIRST PLANNED FOR EARLY DECEMBER LAST YEAR AND HAS BEEN POSTPONED SEVERAL TIMES. OBSERVERS SUGGEST THAT MR. MUGABE'S COMMENTS, AND THE DELAY IN THE MEETING OF OFFICIALS, INDICATE THAT IT MAY AGAIN FAIL TO TAKE PLACE. (SIGNED) NEB/LB/JWH/GM 23-Jun-99 1:58 PM EDT (1758 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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