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Asked why Lord Triesman could not say this morning why the Prime Minister had not yet intervened in the situation in Zimbabwe, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that the Prime Minister had met with the President of Ghana, who is also the head of the Africa Union, this week at which this subject was discussed. The Prime Minister has been very clear on the need to keep up the pressure via the EU and other international organisations. Asked, because of the severity of events in Zimbabwe, had the Prime Minister had been in touch today, the PMS said she would check.

Asked if the Prime Minister had been in contact with President Thabo Mbeki and if he had not what level of contact had there been with South Africa, the PMS said that we had welcomed the reaction from South Africa in recent days where they have expressed concerns about reports as well as the deteriorating political and economic situation in Zimbabwe.

Asked what the Prime Minister’s thoughts were on sanctions in Zimbabwe following Morgan Tsvangirai’s comments that economic sanctions were not the way forward in solving the problems in Zimbabwe, the PMS said in addition to sanctions the Foreign Secretary had called for the Human Rights Council at the United Nations to investigate events in Zimbabwe. Sanctions are targeted at the people to whom they should be targeted rather than the population as a whole; in addition to the assets freeze there is a travel ban which we believe to be effective but of course there was more that could be done, especially from the region itself. Asked how sanctions were targeted, the PMS said that asset freezing of President Robert Mugabe and the travel ban on him and on his top one hundred aides is a targeted approach.

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