2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


 ZIMBABWE'S SEIZURE OF UK DIPLOMATIC BAG

MEDIA RELEASE BY MASILO MABETA, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The UDM is shocked and dismayed by the Zimbabwean government's seizure of a diplomatic bag belonging to the United Kingdom. We urge the South African government to condemn in the strongest possible terms this flagrant violation of international diplomatic conventions.

This type of behaviour undermines the basic trust upon which diplomatic relations between countries are founded.

Insinuations by the Zimbabwean government that the United Kingdom is assisting opposition parties in Zimbabwe are an indication of that government's determination to silence opposition, and threaten the
possibility of a return to true democracy for Zimbabwe.

We hope that this furor can be resolved through the proper diplomatic channels.


Enquiries:
Masilo Mabeta, MP

Cape Town
03 December 2000