» Thursday, July 10, 2008


The Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) began by updating the journalists about Zimbabwe. The Prime Minister had said some words on Zimbabwe earlier today; there were now intense negotiations underway in New York and we hoped to be able to move to a vote within the next few days. Everyday we received further evidence of political violence in Zimbabwe; there had now been 103 verified political murders since 29 March and the verified number of people who had been driven from their homes stood at 36,000, although the figure was likely to be much higher.

Asked how the figure of 103 compared to a week/month ago and who had verified the figures, the PMS said that he would check, but that none of the figures had been disputed.

Asked about the Prime Minister’s response to Nick Clegg regarding no forced repatriations of Zimbabweans, the PMS said that the Prime Minister’s words in response to Nick Clegg spoke for themselves.

Asked if Jacqui Smith had had a meeting about repatriation yesterday afternoon, the PMS said that he currently had nothing further to report on that subject.

Asked if there would be any expulsions of Zimbabweans while the crisis in Zimbabwe was ongoing, the PMS said that this was something that was kept under review.

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