US attacks Harare land-grab

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The United States made its strongest attack yesterday on a controversial plan to nationalise white-owned farms in Zimbabwe, a news agency reported, AP reports from Harare. A US spokesman told an aid donors' meeting in Paris there were doubts about the means used to decide which farms would be seized, and there was also worry about the impact the land policy was having on economic development and foreign investor confidence. The government wants to distribute about half the land owned by white farmers to landless black peasants.