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Notice given 18 September 2002

162  Senator Stott Despoja: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the second Commonwealth leaders’ troika on Zimbabwe will meet in Nigeria on 23 September 2002,

(ii)   there has been a worsening of conditions for millions of Zimbabweans since the troika first met 6 months ago to discuss steps to restore democracy in Zimbabwe, and

(iii)  the Prime Minister (Mr Howard), as Chairman of the Commonwealth leaders’ troika on Zimbabwe, has acknowledged it is a matter for regret that little substantive progress has been made in implementing the troika’s steps to restore democracy in Zimbabwe; and

(b)   urges the Prime Minister, as Chairman of the Commonwealth leaders’ troika, to use his influence to expel Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth and impose targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe, including an arms embargo, a travel ban to any Commonwealth countries for President Mugabe and his close associates, and a freeze on any assets he or his associates hold in Commonwealth countries.