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Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 01:09:16 -0700
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Subject: ZimCrisis#145 -- Finally! UK Government Action Against Mugabe

Hi everyone,

I'm not sure of the date on this story (as the link below wasn't actually working when I tried it), but I only received it yesterday. Nice to see British government hypocrisy being reversed for a change.


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Hain returns fire over Labour's arms sales

FOREIGN Office Minister Peter Hain, stung by criticism of Government weapons exports, insisted yesterday that action had been taken to correct mistakes such as the sale of spare parts for Hawk jets to Zimbabwe.

His response came after a parliamentary inquiry said the issuing of licences for arms sales to Zimbabwe had undermined a Europe-wide resolution and "seems to have been a breach of the UK's criteria on arms exports".

Mr Hain said the Government was willing to consider prior parliamentary scrutiny of arms licences. He added that the Government did not approve arms sales for internal repression or external aggression.

The licences for the Hawk jet parts were revoked in May when Britain imposed an arms embargo on Zimbabwe after accusing President Robert Mugabe of stirring up "conditions of crisis". MPs from Commons cross-party defence and foreign affairs committees said there had been a "disturbing degree of muddle and confusion" in the matter. They argued that Zimbabwe should have been taken off a list of permitted destinations for arms exports much earlier.

Foreign Secretary Robin Cook came under fire earlier this year over the Hawk contracts because of Zimbabwe's involvement in fighting in the Congo.

Express Newspapers, 2000

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