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Asked whether David Miliband had said anything new on Zimbabwe and what was the current situation, the PMS replied that the Foreign Secretary had given an update on where we were. Lord Malloch-Brown was attending the African Union (AU) meeting as an observer. We were awaiting the outcome of the AU summit and we had been welcoming the calls for greater AU involvement in the mediation of the situation in Zimbabwe. We were continuing to discuss ways forward with our international partners at the UN as well and we expected further discussions at the UN in the next few days. Asked if the Prime Minister was disappointed that so far only the Kenyan Prime Minister had spoken out about the Mugabe regime, the PMS replied that we had had statements from a number of African leaders and former leaders in the last week, condemning what had been happening in Zimbabwe.

Put that the Kenyan Prime Minister was the only leader at the Sharm el Sheikh summit to issue a statement, the PMS said that the summit was still ongoing and had not concluded and advised people to wait and see how it concluded before making a judgement. Asked if the Prime Minister was disappointed that Mugabe was able to travel again, the PMS said it was a matter for the AU to decide who attended their summits. It was very clear what the rules were in relation to the EU.

Asked whether Lord Malloch-Brown had conveyed any message to Mugabe or his advisors, the PMS said that the Zimbabwe regime understood very well what our position was.

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