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New Zealand will block Zimbabwe banker's visit

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    From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org [Good. Jan] Wellington - New Zealand will refuse entry visas to Gideon Gono, governor of Zimbabwe s central bank, and members of
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      From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org
      [Good. Jan]

      Wellington - New Zealand will refuse entry visas to Gideon Gono, governor
      of Zimbabwe's central bank, and members of his staff, who were reportedly
      planning to visit the country, Prime Minister Helen Clark said today. She
      told a news conference the ban was in keeping with the government's
      sanctions against the "repugnant" Mugabe regime. Earlier, Rod Donald,
      co-leader of the opposition Green Party, said a three-man delegation from
      the Zimbabwe Reserve Bank currently in Canada was planning to visit New
      Zealand to try to persuade black expatriates to send remittance payments
      home to relatives. Donald said: "Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank has run out of
      foreign exchange and its representatives are currently in Canada trying
      to put pressure on expatriate Zimbabweans there and are believed to be
      trying to come to New Zealand within the next week." Clark said today's
      cabinet meeting had confirmed that the Zimbabwe cricket team would be
      refused visas to play in New Zealand in December. But she said it
      remained an open question whether the New Zealand national side would
      play a series of games in Zimbabwe in August as it is contracted to do
      under the International Cricket Council's (ICC) schedule. The government
      strongly opposes the tour but Clark confirmed that it would not set a
      precedent by introducing legislation to stop the players going. She said
      whether the team actually goes to Zimbabwe depended on the security
      situation there and the outcome of a campaign by the New Zealand and
      Australian governments to achieve an international boycott on sporting
      contacts with the Mugabe regime. Meanwhile, the New Zealand government
      announced Monday that about 450 Zimbabweans who fled the country and
      arrived in New Zealand before last September would be granted permanent
      residence under a special humanitarian policy even if they did not meet
      the standard criteria.

      Source: From Business Day (SA), 4 July
      URL: WWW.ZwNews.Com
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