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Rhodesia

Volume 974: debated on Sunday 11 November 1979

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11.

asked the Lord Privy Seal what the present position is with regard to preparations for free and fair elections in Rhodesia-Zimbabwe.

21.

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on the proposed Zimbabwe-Rhodesian elections.

Two senior members of the staff of the Election Commissioner-Designate are already in Salisbury to make preliminary arrangements for the holding of elections under British Government supervision in accordance with the proposals agreed at Lancaster House on 15 November.

14.

asked the Lord Privy Seal when he intends next to meet the leaders of the front-line States to discuss the future of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia.

I have no plans to meet them personally. However, we remain in constant contact with the leaders of the front-line States through their representatives in London and through our ambassadors and high commissioners in their capitals.

29.

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on progress towards the provision of a Commonwealth or United Nations peacekeeping force to operate in Zimbabwe-Rhodesia prior to the election for a new Government.

We have made clear that we do not consider a peacekeeping force appropriate. We are, however, preparing a ceasefire monitoring group with contingents from the United Kingdom, Australia, Fiji, Kenya and New Zealand.

30.

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on the progress achieved up to the present towards a lasting settlement in Rhodesia.

31.

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on the latest position regarding the future of Rhodesia-Zimbabwe.

I refer the hon. Members to the reply I gave earlier today to the hon. Member for Eton and Slough (Miss Lestor).

32.

asked the Lord Privy Seal if his noble Friend plans to visit Zimbabwe-Rhodesia.