Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 1st December 2005.

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Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what issues he has raised with the Zimbabwe High Commission in the last12 months; and what result was achieved in each case.

Photo of Ian Pearson Ian Pearson Minister of State (Trade), Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Trade), Department of Trade and Industry

Over the last 12 months, the Zimbabwean ambassador has been summoned three times by Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Ministers. My noble Friend the Minister for Africa (Lord Triesman of Tottenham), formally protested about Operation Murambatsvina on 13 June, while my hon. Friend, the former Minister for Africa (Mr. Mullin) protested against the pre-election crackdown on the media and the opposition on 22 February. My right hon. Friend the former Minister for Europe (Mr. MacShane) also summoned the Zimbabwean ambassador in November 2004, to express concern at British journalists denied access to cover the England cricket tour of Zimbabwe. FCO officials have also maintained a dialogue with other Zimbabwe embassy staff, ensuring our concerns on the manipulated elections, the crackdown on urban poor and the continued lack of respect for good governance, human rights and the rule of law, are clear and understood.

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sibanda shyleen
Posted on 6 Dec 2005 3:39 pm (Report this annotation)

murambatsvina will always be a way of making an escuss from our president. and zimbabwe will suffer because of one man and those who sopport his evil ways. what more do we zimbabweans need to do to prove that we need help. how long will zimbabwe be discussed in the house of parlament and nothing is done out of those discussions. people are dying while you are waitting for minister of so nad so to comment on this and that....they will always cover up they eat well and have roof under theire heads.