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Zimbabwe: EU-Africa Lisbon Summit

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that the situation in Zimbabwe will be on the formal agenda of the EU/AU summit in Lisbon. (171188)

We have taken steps to ensure that Zimbabwe will be discussed at the EU-Africa summit. The EU common position stipulates that an exemption to the restrictions on President Mugabe's travel to the EU can only be made if the meeting he attends includes a political dialogue that directly promotes democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Zimbabwe. As a consequence Zimbabwe and its appalling human rights situation will be raised.