Zimbabwe

Zim to demand EU apology

2009-09-11 13:24

Special Report

Chaos at SADC summit venue as police clash with protesters
Chaos at SADC summit venue as police clash with protesters

Armed police and over 200 members of Zimbabwe's main opposition party MDC-T have clashed in the Harare central business district, in front of the venue where a SADC summit is underway.

Harare - Zimbabwe will demand an apology from the European Union for imposing sanctions on President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle, when an EU team visits the country this weekend, state media said.

EU aid commissioner Karel de Gucht will lead a team to Zimbabwe on Saturday and Sunday to meet with Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai - the highest-level EU mission here in seven years.

Government officials said in the state-controlled Herald newspaper that the government would demand an apology for the sanctions, imposed over human rights abuses and flawed elections in Zimbabwe.

"There can be no ties where one nation is treated as inferior. It is not in our national interest to allow foreigners to dictate to us how we should govern ourselves," an information ministry official said in the paper.

"The starting point would then obviously be that the EU has to admit that sanctions are wrong and that land reform in Zimbabwe is irreversible," the official said.

Improving ties

A foreign ministry official told the paper that Zimbabwe wanted "to establish how genuine the EU is in improving ties".

"Are they here on a public relations exercise or they are here because they realised they erred in imposing sanctions?"

Western nations have imposed an asset freeze, travel ban and other measures against Mugabe and his inner circle.

Mugabe's campaign to have the sanctions lifted received renewed support from fellow leaders in southern Africa, when a regional summit this week said the measures should be removed in order to support the unity government.

But Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, said on Thursday that the bloc was not prepared to remove the restrictions.

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/World
Traffic Alerts
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency towards setting your expectations too high which will result in disappointment. Try not to let your thoughts...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.