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Zimbabwe Arms Embargo

Asked if the arms embargo on Zimbabwe was new, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that the way the Prime Minister had expressed it was a way that we had not expressed it before. There was already an EU arms embargo and a US embargo on arms sales to Zimbabwe and we encouraged others to take the same approach. Zimbabwe’s poor record on human rights abuse spoke for itself and we thought that at this time there should be a temporary moratorium on all arms sales to Zimbabwe.

Put that that the shipment was in South Africa and asked what the Prime Minister wanted Jacob Zuma to do, the PMS replied that we had already seen the response from people in South Africa regarding that particular shipment and that was an approach that we very much welcomed.

Asked if the Prime Minister was confident that China would abide by the arms embargo, the PMS replied that there was an EU arms embargo and a US embargo in place at the moment and we would encourage others to take the same approach.

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