Zimbabwe plans compensation for evicted white farmers: minister

Zimbabwe war veterans seized thousands of white-owned farms in 2000Zimbabwe plans to compensate white farmers for land seized for redistribution to blacks and has begun evaluating the properties, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said Friday. President Robert Mugabe’s controversial and sometimes violent land reforms, which began in 2000, have been blamed for plunging the country into an economic crisis. The move towards compensation comes as the government shows signs that it wants a rapprochement with western donors and the International Monetary Fund to help heal the economy.

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