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Zimbabwe: Travel Restrictions

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK Government are taking to press the EU to extend its 2002 sanctions to the family members and business associates of those members of the Zimbabwean government already subject to EU sanctions. (143003)

The EU visa ban list already includes a number of Robert Mugabe’s family members, who hold positions in the Zimbabwean Government. We do not intend at present to press for the inclusion of all family members of those principals on the EU visa ban list. Where we receive sufficient and accurate information concerning the presence of those children and family members in the UK, we actively investigate the sources of financing for their study and presence to see whether it breaches the terms of the asset freeze under the EU’s targeted measures. We will do the same with known business associates.