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Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with other Commonwealth governments on Zimbabwe. [106861]

We are in regular dialogue with our Commonwealth partners about the situation in Zimbabwe. My noble Friend Baroness Amos visited South Africa and Botswana from 31 March to 4 April, and is in contact with other African leaders. We have made clear to our Commonwealth partners that we see no justification for lifting Zimbabwe's suspension from the Councils of the Commonwealth.