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Zimbabwe

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to visit Harare in the next three months to discuss the future of support for the Zimbabwean economy and the maintenance of democracy. [117958]

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has no plans to visit Harare in the next three months.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of other southern African governments on the position in Zimbabwe. [117961]

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given earlier in the House today by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary to the hon. Member for Southwark, North and Bermondsey (Simon Hughes). In addition, President Mogae of Botswana will visit the UK this week.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further measures the EU and the UK will take to restore good governance in Zimbabwe. [116958]

We continue to work with our EU, Commonwealth and other international partners towards restoring good governance and the rule of law in Zimbabwe.We supported the EU statement of 2 June calling on the Government of Zimbabwe to desist from violence.At the G8 summit in Evian my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and other G8 leaders took the opportunity to discuss with President Mbeki and other African leaders the steps they are taking to resolve the current crisis in Zimbabwe.The G8 condemned the action taken by the Zimbabwean authorities on Monday 2 June against their own people and called on the Zimbabwean Government to accept its citizens' right to demonstrate against the regime peacefully.