Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Fourth Report


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.[1] 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

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