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Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 29 January 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had discussions with other European and African nations to devise a plan to replace Robert Mugabe's regime through militarily supported action; and, if so, whether such action will be preceded by detailed planning for the establishment and restoration of a properly functioning administration supported by a viable currency. [HL813]

We do not believe that an external military intervention in Zimbabwe would be desirable or viable. We have not raised this as an option with any other Government. The situation in Zimbabwe is critical, and we believe that President Mugabe is an obstacle to forming a Government who can start to address the country's problems. But those working for change and reform in Zimbabwe are not calling for military intervention. Their—and our—primary focus is on the humanitarian situation and the alleviation of suffering. We are providing £47 million in humanitarian aid this year, including a £10 million package to tackle cholera and support essential health services.