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Tsvangirai hails EU sanctions decision

2012-07-24 09:06

Cape Town - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has welcomed the EU's decision to suspend most sanctions against Zimbabwean firms and individuals, saying this was "evidence the European Union is willing to respond to progress in reforms" in that country.

Tsvangirai said in a statement on Tuesday that his preference, however, "remains for a full lifting of the measures [sanctions] in keeping with the agreement between the GPA [Global Political Parties] parties in Zimbabwe and resolutions of SADC".

The EU on Monday met in Brussels and agreed to lift most sanctions against Zimbabwean firms and individuals once the country has held "a peaceful and credible" vote on a new constitution.

A statement from the 27 EU ministers said sanctions would be lifted against most of the 112 Zimbabweans still under an EU asset freeze and travel ban decided in 2002.

This would only occur once a referendum on a new constitution has been organised, probably at the end of the year.

Tsvangirai said he hoped Zimbabwe would in due course fully normalise its relationship with the EU and urged all parties to remain engaged.

"In particular, I urge the GPA [Global Political Agreement] parties in Zimbabwe to redouble their efforts in implementing the commitments that we made to fully and honestly implement the global political agreement and the roadmap to a free, fair, legitimate and credible election whose results are not contested," said Tsvangirai.

Meanwhile, President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party has dismissed as "nonsense" the EU decision to link the lifting of the sanctions to a peaceful vote on a new constitution.

"It's all nonsense," Rugare Gumbo, spokesperson for the Zanu-PF said.

"Why are they talking about a lifting of sanctions dependent on the holding and outcome of a referendum? We don't think that's the way to do it. We are saying all sanctions must go... We really have never depended on the EU," he said. "We depend on ourselves so their decision on sanctions makes no difference."

 

Comments
  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-07-24 09:21

    The West is finally bowing down realising that in their absense has only made China to secure business more opportunities and the black Zimbabwean farmer is now finally in control of farming and all the foreign companies in Zimbabwe are now owned by the state....Robert Mugabe will be hailed as one of the true liberators of our lifetime...the people of Zimbabwe might have struggled for a season now they are the owners of their land and economy.....The land of Zimbabwe is flowing with prescious metals.

      Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-07-24 09:29

      my man do u undrstnd how this work?ask before u comment.

      Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-07-24 09:30

      my man do u undrstnd how this work?ask before u comment.

      Poloyatonki - 2012-07-24 09:33

      That is so true Kolobe.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-24 09:34

      Dear Tumisang, shake your head, I think something is loose. Get help.

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-07-24 09:44

      There are no black farmers you twit! Zimbabwe are buying all their produce from Nigeria and Zambia, where the ex Zim white farmers are flourishing. Stupidity is a national pastime in this country.......

      press.enter.12 - 2012-07-24 10:25

      Yes . . and Zimbabwe has not finally realised they have laid themselves bare to re-colonialization by China . . . it is inevitable . .

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-07-24 10:41

      Just one question Tumisang - Are you Zimbabwean? I ask because NOBODY I have spoken to in Zimbabwe agrees with you

  • musamuskid - 2012-07-24 09:35

    "We depend on ourselves so their decision on sanctions makes no difference." Mr Rugaro... lol lol lol!!! arrogance in display

  • morama.sebata - 2012-07-24 10:11

    "Why are they talking about a lifting of sanctions dependent on the holding and outcome of a referendum? We don't think that's the way to do it. We are saying all sanctions must go... We really have never depended on the EU," he said. "We depend on ourselves so their decision on sanctions makes no difference." Viva Zanu Pf Viva...push African agenda and don't be scared of the west who's economy is in shambles now want to recover by lifting the sanctions.Let them sort out their messy Greece and then they can talk to Zimbwabwe.

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-07-24 10:43

      You are being rather stupid in thinking that the west give a sh** about zimbabwe. They don't. Its a piss pot little african country with zero influence globally

      Bloodstone - 2012-07-24 10:46

      The African agenda?? Please Morama, explain to all us idiots what the "African Agenda" is. We are all too dumb to read and study the failures of Africa to understand your supreme logic.

      morama.sebata - 2012-07-24 15:32

      @Bloodstone,African agenda is economic emancipation where we hold the view of sharing the wealth of the country equally o the majority that has been former colonial states.Because at the moment South Africa's economic status is unequal which worries a lot me and all included.Zimbabwe is the prime good example of what economic emancipation is all about.recently David Brown(Ceo of Implats) Has given 51% of the shares which left most of the obtuse news24 commentators the shock of their lives where he turned around and gave a firm confirmation(David Brown) that all will work well.hope you understood?

      cazlinbouwer - 2012-07-24 16:41

      Greece doesnt make the EU idiot

  • glenview.rungano - 2012-07-24 15:40

    Finally!!! Mugabe has won again , i Congratulate this man for his bravery and standing against the British regime , may God Give you many more years to come , and this puppet Tsvangirai wont last pamberi nezanu!!!! icho!!!

      cazlinbouwer - 2012-07-24 16:42

      HA HA HA God left him along time ago, its people thinking like you that makes Africa a bad place

      morama.sebata - 2012-07-24 16:58

      @Cazlinbouwer,you called me an idiot for mentioning greece as the member of Euro!!! Which planet did you pop out fron?Now for your knowledge even spain is up to s3it with recession no wonder they want to uplift the sanction....Hope you understand that?

  • morama.sebata - 2012-07-24 17:01

    The puppet Tsangarai must be evicted from Zimbabwe for we don't want the fronters like him.Africa is in this state because of F@ckers like him. Let him go and live in Britain and leave this continent for the leaders who adores the people specifically Africans!!!

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-07-24 18:14

    Morgan, Morgan, Morgan - you have now got your Benz, your luxury house, a massive salary, your comfort zone....Don't be a 'spineless coward' but fight for the people you 'claim' to have represented over the years...

  • ronald.z.mazorodze - 2012-08-24 13:06

    'We really have never depended on the EU," he said. "We depend on ourselves so their decision on sanctions makes no difference." its been 10 years without these bastards. leave zimbabwe alone!!!!!

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