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Britain, Malawi tiff continues

2011-10-12 22:42

London - Britain told Malawi on Wednesday it will not resume normal diplomatic relations until its former colony accepts responsibility for expelling Britain's ambassador, officials said.

In talks with his Malawian counterpart, Foreign Secretary William Hague also made clear that a suspension in budgetary aid would continue until Malawi tackled serious concerns over economic management, governance and human rights.

He met with Malawian Foreign Minister Peter Mutharika in London to discuss the strains in their relations caused by the expulsion of High Commissioner Fergus Cochrane-Dyet in April for criticising the president.

Hague "made it clear that the current strain in diplomatic relations between the UK and Malawi was a direct consequence of the unwarranted and unjustified decision to expel the British high commissioner", a Foreign Office spokesperson said.

"He rejected the recent suggestion by the president of Malawi that Mr Cochrane-Dyet had not been expelled," the spokesperson said.

"He emphasised to the Malawian delegation that any further discussions on normalising the bilateral relationship would be fruitless if the Malawian government did not accept responsibility for their decision to expel Mr Cochrane-Dyet."

Hague also expressed concerns about the economic crisis in the southern African country, saying it should engage fully with the IMF and other donors, and condemned attacks on opposition leaders and civil society activists.

Britain's indefinite suspension of general budget support to Malawi will remain "until the government of Malawi addresses our concerns over economic management, governance and human rights", the Foreign Office added.

Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika told AFP in July that he would not apologise for expelling Cochrane-Dyet, saying he had "insulted our country".

In a leaked diplomatic cable, the British ambassador accused Mutharika of "becoming ever more autocratic and intolerant of criticism".

London responded to his expulsion by ejecting Malawi's envoy from Britain.

Comments
  • zaatheist - 2011-10-13 05:05

    Clever - bite the hand that feeds you. Because your inflated ego is "insulted".

  • Libertador - 2011-10-13 07:18

    "Hague also expressed concerns about the economic crisis in the southern African country, saying it should engage fully with the IMF and other donors," "In talks with his Malawian counterpart, Foreign Secretary William Hague also made clear that a suspension in budgetary aid would continue" xxxxxxxxxxx This might sound like a recipe for disaster, but Malawi should cut itself off from IMF funding. Africa is tired of IMF/World Bank Ponzi schemes and scams. The government aid to these countries serves only one purpose - to ensure that the interest on the loans (from private banks) gets paid. African countries are poor, and a high risk of default, so the taxpayers in the west are being used to make certain that the private banks get their money. It is just a scheme to move money out of the pockets of taxpayers into the pockets of bankers.

      alootacontin - 2011-10-13 15:49

      and why are African countries poor may we ask?...don't tell me: past colonialism no doubt......most people had jobs, some education, health etc in those days......what have they got today?...fat politicians with large cars and huge houses.

      Libertador - 2011-10-13 16:45

      You comment says everything I need to know about you before you are dismissed out of hand. I always expect fools like you to make the glib and reckless statements you made above. Now go away and read some history books you silly boy

      garang.martin - 2011-10-14 04:33

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      Mthuthuzeli - 2011-10-14 07:15

      This post makes my brain hurt . Can someone parse it into english please ?

  • tee-hee-hee - 2011-10-13 10:47

    Brits carved up the World divided tribes nations. Most, if now all trouble today stems from their incompetence. As Libertador says time to give IMF group the boot!!

  • PinkandProud - 2011-10-13 13:16

    Well done Britain, well done.

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