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26 March 2007

Barrett calls for Zimbabwe reconstruction plan

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today challenged the Government to urgently prepare for an increase for humanitarian aid to Zimbabwe, to ensure the international community is ready for any change of regime.

Zimbabweans are grappling with spiralling annual inflation of 1,700% and widespread unemployment and poverty. Commentators have warned that the country is on the brink of economic meltdown, with hundreds of thousands already going hungry.

During an urgent debate on Zimbabwe in the House of Commons, Mr Barrett called on the international community to be prepared for an economic collapse and political meltdown in Zimbabwe and warned that aid operations must be in place to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Barrett said:

“Robert Mugabe’s regime will not go on forever. When it comes to an end, we must be ready and able to immediately respond to the humanitarian crisis which has engulfed the country for many years.”

Speaking later, Mr Barrett added:

“The country is teetering on the blink of collapse and we must be prepared to step in and help the people of Zimbabwe who have suffered under Mugabe and his corrupt regime.

“The international community must work towards fair and free elections where intimidation plays no part in deciding the future government of that country.”


Notes

• Mr Barrett was speaking during an urgent statement on Zimbabwe in the House of Commons.

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