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Zimbabwe sanctions.

While I have a great deal of respect for your magazine, I found your "In Brief" article on Zimbabwe (NA, July) somewhat misleading. Europe and USA have not imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe, rather "smart" sanctions have been applied against those members of the Zimbabwean government who have been seen to be responsible for the abuse of human rights, torture, murder, "Operation Murambatsvina" and corruption.

It is for this reason that there is a travel ban on various figures ranging from the president himself to members of his family, heads of the police and army, and the bishop of Mashonaland.

It is interesting to note that although the launch of land redistribution in the early 1980s got off to a good start on the "willing seller, willing buyer" basis, funded by Britain, it came to a premature end, and the farms involved (predominantly in the Mount Darwin/Centenary area in the northeast) were never worked and no longer exist.

C.E. Witts

Exeter, UK

Letters editor's note: Mr Witts would want to see our story on p28 of this issue, "Zimbabwe, Our economy is under siege, says Mugabe").
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Date:Aug 1, 2006
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