Lord Sheikh:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to promote political stability in Zimbabwe.

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): Through its global political agreement (GPA), the inclusive government have committed themselves to a package of reforms that will restore security and welfare to Zimbabwe’s people and promote respect for human rights and the rule of law. Several aspects of the GPA remain to be implemented. We will support the Government in their continuing efforts to achieve these reforms, offering any assistance that promotes and strengthens positive change. We are in regular contact with the new Government to discuss how this can best be achieved, and we maintain a close dialogue on this with our EU and other partners. Civil society in Zimbabwe remains strong and has an important role in monitoring progress on reform, holding the Government to account. We continue to support civil society with advice and with significant levels of funding.