'Not all farms will be taken'

HARARE - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe says some white farmers would be spared under his land reforms and has urged Britain to compensate owners of property seized for redistribution.

HARARE - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe says some white farmers would be spared under his land reforms and has urged Britain to compensate owners of property seized for redistribution.

"It's not every white farm that will be taken," Mugabe said yesterday in reply to the leader of the white Commercial Farmers Union at a conference aimed at luring investors.

"The responsibility of compensation rests (with) the British government and its allies.

"We pay compensation for developments and improvements. We have honoured that. Sure there must be some compensation. Let's join hands and (go) to the British."

The reforms launched in 2000 aimed to resettle blacks on white-owned commercial farms, but the process was marred by violence.

The scheme has slashed production, which once accounted for 40percent of the economy.

The CFU has reported fresh invasions of white-owned farms. The conference will end today. - Sapa-AFP

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