Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Tenth Report


The Foreign Affairs Committee has agreed to the following Report:



1. In February 2002, as the general elections in Zimbabwe approached, we published a short Report, placing on the record evidence we had received about the deteriorating political and economic situation in that country.[1] We wrote that "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."[2]

2. We followed subsequent developments with concern, and heard further oral evidence from journalists Richard Dowden[3] and Feargal Keane,[4] and from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Minister for Africa, Baroness Amos. We also received further written evidence, which we publish in this volume, and our deliberations have been informed by the Opposition Day debate on Zimbabwe in the House on 25 June.[5] This Report contains our analysis of the situation before and since the March 2002 elections, together with the conclusions and recommendations which flow from that analysis and which we commend to the House.

1   See Fourth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2001-2002, Zimbabwe, HC 456. Back

2   Ibid., para 2. Back

3   Writer on African affairs, previously Africa Editor and then Diplomatic Editor of The TimesBack

4   Special Correspondent for BBC News. Back

5   Official Report, 25 June 2002, cols 803-845. Back

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