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Southern Africa

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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47.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has any proposals to visit southern Africa in 1988.

66.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent visit to southern Africa by the Minister of State, the right hon. Member for Wallasey (Mrs. Chalker).

I visited Mozambique between 28 November and 1 December, and Malawi between 1–3 December. I took advantage of a transit stop in Johannesburg for a short talk with the South African Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr. Kobus Meiring. In Mozambique I met President Chissano and had useful talks with Mozambican Ministers and senior officials. I visited a number of aid projects and informed the President that we had set aside £500,000 to provide non-lethal defence equipment for units deployed on the Limpopo line. In Malawi I met President Banda and informed him of our decision to make available £750,000 for non-lethal defence equipment for use by Malawian troops deployed on the Nacala line in Mozambique. I visited a Mozambican displaced persons' camp and told the Malawians that we would meet the cost of providing 5,000 tonnes of food aid — £1 million — and donate further relief aid.