Eu says Zim’s democracy insufficient, extends sanctions

2010-02-23 12:07

A YEAR into a power-sharing agreement that was supposed to put an

end to President Robert Mugabe’s autocratic rule, Zimbabwe has made

“insufficient” moves towards democracy, European Union foreign ministers said

yesterday.


Last week the EU extended sanctions against the country for another

year, renewing an arms embargo and a visa ban and asset freeze against Mugabe

and his acolytes.


In a statement, EU ministers lamented “insufficient progress with

regard to the rule of law, respect for human rights, constitutional reforms,

power sharing on equal terms, national reconciliation, security sector reform

and the protection of investors.”


However, they stressed that the the bloc “stands ready” to keep

sanctions “under constant review and to revoke them” if

Mugabe makes concessions

towards Morgan Tsvangirai, the former opposition leader who became Prime

Minister as a result of last year’s coalition agreement.


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