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On Zimbabwe, ICP Asks IMF of Arrears, If Any Program, UN of UNrest, #ThisFlag

By Matthew Russell Lee

WASHINGTON, July 28 -- When the International Monetary Fund held its biweekly briefing on July 28, Inner City Press asked questions including on Zimbabwe, to Deputy Spokesperson William Murray, as transcribed by the IMF:

"This is from Matthew Lee. It’s a question on Zimbabwe. Matthew Lee from Inner City Press. 'On Zimbabwe with the U.K. saying it would veto any IMF program, what is the status of the IMF’s program and discussions with Zimbabwe?' Thanks, Matthew, for that question. I think some of this will sound familiar to many of you, but let me comment.

"There is no financing program under discussion with Zimbabwe at this point; however, the authorities have announced a plan to clear their arrears with the IMF and other international financial institutions as part of their re-engagement with the international community. Once the arrears are cleared and the IMF Executive Board approves the normalization of relations with Zimbabwe, the authorities request for a financing program could then be considered. Beyond that, I don’t really have any guidance in terms of timing or when a program would be possible or likely."

At the UN on July 27, Inner City Press asked Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Farhan Haq, Vine here, UN transcript here:

Inner City Press: there is quite a bit of turmoil in Zimbabwe and many people have written open letters, and I don't know if they have written direct letters to the UN, I wanted to know, DPA [Department of Political Affairs] or any portion of the UN, have they… are they aware of this increasing… well, This Flag, unrest and does the UN see any role for itself through DPA or its country team in trying to maintain peace and security and democracy in the country?

Deputy Spokesman:  We are aware of the recent reports in Zimbabwe.  We are monitoring the situation.  This is not something in which the UN has been directly involved.


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