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Zimbabwe — Question (16 Mar 2009)

Lord Blaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of recent developments in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe — Question (16 Mar 2009)

Lord Blaker: My Lords, I am sure that the whole House will agree with what the noble Lord has just said about Tsvangirai's wife. Were not specific commitments made in the Memorandum of Understanding between political parties in Zimbabwe? Does not Mugabe's party continue flagrantly to breach those commitments? Does not the memorandum also say that implementation of the global political agreement, "shall be...

Foreign Policy — Debate (Continued) (26 Feb 2009)

Lord Blaker: My Lords, I start by congratulating two people, one of whom was here a moment ago. I wanted to congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Marlesford, on choosing a topic for debate that has turned out to produce an excellent debate, which we still have not finished. I congratulate noble Lords still planning to speak on staying in the Chamber. The other person whom I wanted to congratulate is the noble...

Zimbabwe — Question (11 Feb 2009)

Lord Blaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy towards Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe — Question (11 Feb 2009)

Lord Blaker: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. I am sure that the House shares with many in Zimbabwe the hope that today marks the opening of a happier chapter in the history of that country. Can the Minister assure us that the United Kingdom response will be that, as good friends of the people of Zimbabwe, we will seek to guard their future well-being by measuring the progress of the new...

Zimbabwe — Question (20 Jan 2009)

Lord Blaker: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking towards a resolution of the situation in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe — Question (20 Jan 2009)

Lord Blaker: My Lords, next week there will be another meeting on Zimbabwe. Considering the damage that the crisis is doing to the region, there was a disgracefully low turnout of Heads of Government at their last Zimbabwe summit in November. Instead of urging Mugabe to halt violent intimidation and accept the will of the people, SADC has so far adopted the feeble line of pressing Tsvangirai to make...

Zimbabwe — Question (10 Dec 2008)

Lord Blaker: My Lords, is the Minister aware that Mugabe's spokesman, George Charamba, very recently said: "We won this country through the barrel of the gun and we will defend it the way we won it"? This challenges the course, which is favoured by President Kikwete of the African Union, that dialogue is a better way forward than force. Is the Minister aware that an increasing number of African leaders...

Queen's Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Dec 2008)

Lord Blaker: My Lords, I hope that the noble Lord, Lord Owen, and the noble Baroness, Lady D'Souza, who is no longer present, both of whom spoke about Zimbabwe, will feel that my comments add a little support to their expert speeches. Mugabe controls just about everything in Zimbabwe except two things: Parliament, where Tsvangirai's party has a small majority; and, since the past few days, elements of the...

Zimbabwe (3 Nov 2008)

Lord Blaker: asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent discussions they have had with the member countries of the Southern African Development Community about the future of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe (3 Nov 2008)

Lord Blaker: My Lords, is the noble Lord aware that last week Donald Kaberuka, the president of the African Development Bank, said of the people negotiating for the future of Zimbabwe: "We are keen that they reach a political agreement so that they can have a credible economic reform programme and credible people at the Reserve Bank"? Does the Minister detect from that a recognition from within SADC of...

Zimbabwe (22 Oct 2008)

Lord Blaker: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the allocation by Robert Mugabe of portfolios in the proposed Government of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe (22 Oct 2008)

Lord Blaker: My Lords, noble Lords will agree that the proposed allocation is wrong, unfair and leading to deadlock. Is not Botswana, as a neighbour, one of the countries which has suffered most from Mugabe's rule? Has not the President of Botswana recently suggested that there should be a rerun of the presidential election under international supervision? Might not this suggestion be of interest to other...

Zimbabwe (8 Oct 2008)

Lord Blaker: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their current policy towards Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe (8 Oct 2008)

Lord Blaker: My Lords, is the Minister aware that Kofi Annan has recently criticised the African Union for not confirming the MDC's victory in the March election? He said: "The African Union should have endorsed the results and said to Mugabe: you are not a legally elected president". What part is now being played by the chairman of the African Union Commission and the UN special envoy as members of the...

Zimbabwe (8 Jul 2008)

Lord Blaker: asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made at the United Nations on securing international action on the situation in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe (8 Jul 2008)

Lord Blaker: My Lords, if South Africa was to join in support of that resolution, would that not impose a travel ban on Robert Mugabe and 11 of his cronies? What would that mean in practical terms? Will it bring to an end the distasteful spectacle of Mugabe gallivanting around the world visiting UN conferences?

Zimbabwe (30 Jun 2008)

Lord Blaker: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the incoming Government of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe (30 Jun 2008)

Lord Blaker: My Lords, there are so many threads in this picture that it is difficult to know which ones to pick up but I shall briefly mention three. The first is that support is flowing away from Mugabe. He has been criticised by Mandela, two archbishops, the Secretary-General of the Security Council, the G8, the EU, SADC observers, which is significant, and the African Union, which is also significant....

Zimbabwe (30 Jun 2008)

Lord Blaker: My Lords, does the noble Lord agree that it is important that we should not play too big a role in this scene and that it is for the Africans to deal with?


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