The Foreign Affairs Committee has agreed
to the following Report:
1. On 18 April and 22 May 2000, the Foreign Affairs
Committee in the last Parliament heard oral evidence on Zimbabwe
from the then Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth
Office with responsibility for Africa, Peter Hain.
As the political and economic situation in that country deteriorated
further, the Committee maintained a watching brief and on 5 and
12 December 2001 heard further evidence, first from the Secretary
of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Jack Straw, and
then from the new Minister of State, Baroness Amos.
2. The Committee deeply deplores recent events in
Zimbabwe. We intend to continue to monitor the situation closely.
At the appropriate time, we may hear further evidence or produce
a substantive Report with recommendations. Meanwhile, the evidence
given by the Ministers, together with associated memoranda and
correspondence, is printed in this volume, in order that it may
be available in the House and more widely without delay, and before
the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Australia from
2 to 5 March, which will be followed closely by the presidential
elections in Zimbabwe.
1 HC, 1999-2000, 447-i & ii. Back