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Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government plans to take to encourage co-operation between the governing parties in Zimbabwe. (296738)

The UK wants the Government of Zimbabwe to succeed in delivering the political and economic reform outlined in the Global Political Agreement (GPA). Following the visit by Prime Minister Tsvangirai to the UK in June 2009, in which representative of all parties in the Government of Zimbabwe participated, we have continued to provide political and technical support to the Government of Zimbabwe to support the inclusive Government to increase the prospects of reform in Zimbabwe.

As guarantors of the GPA, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and South Africa have a key role to play in supporting implementation of the GPA. We are encouraged by the outcome of the SADC meeting in Maputo on 5 November 2009. We urge South Africa and the region to remain committed to promoting reform in Zimbabwe and the parties in the inclusive Government to continue to work to implement the GPA.