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Asked for the Government’s understanding of what was happening in Zimbabwe at the moment, the PMS said the position was unclear at the moment in terms of when the election results were to be published. The Prime Minister recorded a clip on Zimbabwe during his visit this morning, reiterating what he said yesterday about respecting the democratic rights of the Zimbabwean people and calling for the results of the election to be published as quickly as possible. If there was anything further substantive to update on, it would be in the Foreign Secretary’s statement at 12:30pm.

Asked if it would be seen as credible if it was announced that the opposition party had failed to get 50% of the vote, the PMS said she would not get into discussing the various scenarios of what may or may not be announced. What was key was that the results are made public as soon as possible and that the people of Zimbabwe had the clarity of the situation that they were entitled to, through this democratic process.

Asked if the Government had tried to persuade Thabo Mbeki to mediate in Zimbabwe, the PMS replied that as the Prime Minister had said yesterday, he had talked recently to the President of South Africa about the issue. Any update on further talks would be given by the Foreign Secretary at 12:30pm.

Asked whether the Government was aware of any talks between Mr Mugabe and the opposition party, the PMS again advised people to wait for the Foreign Secretary’s statement. Asked if the statement would include any new details, the PMS replied that the statement would highlight where the Government was in relation to the situation, but it would also react to where things stood on the ground in Zimbabwe if there had been any movement by that point.

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