HARARE, May 20 — In a sign of thawing relations, Denmark has re-established its embassy in Zimbabwe, 12 years after it was shut down in protest at the land redistribution programme which the government implemented.

Zimbabwe expropriated prime agricultural land from some among the 4,000 White commercial farmers in the country in 2000 and restributed the land to more than 400,000 landless blacks as part of moves to address a colonial legacy of inequality.

In protest at the move, a number of western countries shut down their diploamtic operations in the country.

The Charge d’Affairs at the Daish mission here, Erik Rasmussen, told journalists here Monday after meeting Media, Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo that Denmark was aiming at rebuilding ties.

“We were very supportive of the struggle then and in the first 20 years after (Zimbabwe’s) independence we had a very strong presence here and relations with the government, then relations turned sour and now we are rebuilding ties,” Rasmussen said.

He added that even the once popular Danida (Danish International Development Agency) would re-establish operations in the country. Danida is popular in rural areas in Zimbabwe where it heavily invested in self-help projects and other developmental programmes.

Rasmussen said the meeting had focused on land issues as well as boosting Zimbabwe’s unexploited agricultural potential. The discussions with Moyo also focused on the new Zimbabwean Constitution adopted last year and its implications for the media.

Professor Moyo described the return of the Danes to Zimbabwe as “a good thing”.