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Asked for details on the Zimbabwe discussion, the PMS said it was an update on the appalling situation there as outlined by the Foreign Secretary. There was also a contribution from the Development Secretary on the assistance that we were providing and a reference to the fact that Mark Malloch-Brown would be travelling to the region in the next few days.

Asked whether the Prime Minister was disappointed that Jacob Zuma was not intervening, the PMS replied that it was clearly an international emergency. It was important that the regional partners remained engaged, as they were doing. Asked if the Government was disappointed that Jacob Zuma did not appear to be any more effective than Thabo Mbeki, the PMS said that that was rather a premature judgement. We wanted to continue to work with South Africa and other partners in the region, to address what was clearly now an international emergency.

It was widely recognised that what we were seeing in Zimbabwe was very disturbing in terms of the humanitarian consequences, the outbreak of cholera and the wider collapse of the public infrastructure and the economy.

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