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Zimbabwe

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussion he has had with the (a) United Nations, (b) EU and (c) African Union on the humanitarian and economic situation in Zimbabwe; and what steps he is taking to improve that situation. (156295)

The Secretary of State for International Development recently discussed the situation in Zimbabwe with the UN Secretary General in New York. He and the Foreign Secretary have also had high level discussions in recent weeks with the AU and EU, and key member states of both.

We continue to provide between £30 million and £40 million of humanitarian assistance a year to protect the Zimbabwean people from the worst effects of the current crisis, and are giving support to those in Zimbabwe working for democratic change. When the time is right, we stand ready to support a major international programme to assist Zimbabwe’s recovery.