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Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Mid Norfolk of 14 January 2009, Official Report, column 866W, what recent discussions have been held (a) at the United Nations and (b) in the EU on direct intervention in Zimbabwe to secure the removal of Robert Mugabe and his regime. (250857)

We have not had discussions with any international organisations on direct intervention in Zimbabwe to remove Robert Mugabe from power. Those working for change and reform in Zimbabwe are not calling for military intervention. Their, and our, focus is foremost on the humanitarian situation and doing what can be done to alleviate suffering. We do, however, regularly discuss with the UN and EU non-military options for encouraging a resolution to the crisis. On 26 January 2009, my right hon. Friend, the Foreign Secretary, met EU Foreign Ministers to discuss the extension of EU targeted sanctions.