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Notice given 23 March 2007

3069  Senator Stott Despoja: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) What is the Government’s position on the public order and security cooperation agreement signed in March 2007 between Angola and Zimbabwe.

(2) (a) Is the Minister aware of reports that 2 500 Angolan paramilitary police have been sent to Zimbabwe to assist the regime of President Mugabe in cracking down on unrest; and (b) can the Government verify whether these Angolan forces have in fact been deployed.

(3) If there are in fact Angolan paramilitary police working with President Mugabe’s regime: (a) what is the Government’s position on that deployment; and (b) will the Government consider punitive action against Angola.