The Foreign Affairs Committee has agreed
to the following Report:
1. In February 2002, as the general elections in
Zimbabwe approached, we published a short Report, placing on the
record evidence we had received about the deteriorating political
and economic situation in that country.
We wrote that "The Committee deeply deplores recent events
in Zimbabwe. We intend to continue to monitor the situation closely.
At the appropriate time, we may hear further evidence or produce
a substantive Report with recommendations."
2. We followed subsequent developments with concern,
and heard further oral evidence from journalists Richard Dowden
and Feargal Keane, and
from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Minister for Africa,
Baroness Amos. We also received further written evidence, which
we publish in this volume, and our deliberations have been informed
by the Opposition Day debate on Zimbabwe in the House on 25 June.
This Report contains our analysis of the situation before and
since the March 2002 elections, together with the conclusions
and recommendations which flow from that analysis and which we
commend to the House.
1 See Fourth Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee,
Session 2001-2002, Zimbabwe, HC 456. Back
Ibid., para 2. Back
Writer on African affairs, previously Africa Editor and then
Diplomatic Editor of The Times. Back
Special Correspondent for BBC News. Back
Official Report, 25 June 2002, cols 803-845. Back