From our Readers: Rio Tinto stands by Zimbabwe position

Few people would wish to defend the recent violence and intimidation in Zimbabwe, and Rio Tinto certainly would not do so. But to say that Rio Tinto was 'shamed' and that 'communications were not up to scratch' (News, 4 July) is a long way from the truth.

Yes, Rio Tinto does have a small diamond mine in Zimbabwe and has said plainly that it does not intend leaving at the present time. That is good news for its 250 employees and the wider community, because without the mine they would have no means of support.

Rio Tinto will not invest further until there is political stability in Zimbabwe, but we will not desert our loyal workforce either. Rather than negative headlines, as your article implies, the UK media have generally understood Rio Tinto's position and appreciated our openness on the subject.

Nick Cobban, principal adviser - media relations, Rio Tinto

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