EU set to rethink Zimbabwe sanctions

2012-07-20 22:14

Brussels - The EU is set to offer to suspend sanctions against all Zimbabweans, except a "small core" that includes President Robert Mugabe, if the country continues its political reforms, diplomatic sources said Friday.

European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday will look at ways of encouraging reform in Zimbabwe, offering to resume direct aid to the government after a 10-year suspension, and to lift sanctions against around 100 Zimbabweans, the sources said.

"We think now is a critical moment to encourage the process of reform and incentify it," said a diplomat who asked not to be identified.

A statement approved by ambassadors of the 27 nations and expected to be adopted by the ministers states that a travel ban and asset freeze against around 100 people could be lifted after a constitutional referendum, due to be held later this year.

"A peaceful and credible constitutional referendum would justify the suspension of the majority of the European Union's restrictive measures," another diplomatic source quoted the statement as saying.

However the lifting of the sanctions "would be for all but a very small core of individuals," including Mugabe, a diplomat said.

Around a dozen of 112 Zimbabweans would remain on the EU blacklist, he added.

  • morama.sebata - 2012-07-21 08:36

    They Need Zimbwabwe's diamond to pull themselves out of the s#it crisis euro is in.Let them sort out their greece first.Those sanctions are not only hurting Zim but themselves also because their economies are realying solely on manipulating African resources.Bugger them

      Andrew - 2012-07-21 12:10

      Yeah right. The EU, a 16 trillion dollar economy, is so desperate for Zimbabwe's 9.9 billion GDP to help them out.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-21 14:45

      The essence of these 'targeted sanctions', was to prevent rubbish, like this rich bitch grace, from going to Harrods in London, and spent 50 000 pounds on scarfs and handbags, money stolen from the Zimbabwean people!!!

      millionwatts1 - 2012-07-22 11:14

      @Antonyfromafrica, you don't know they are many shops like Harrods in Honk Kong, Japan, Shanghai, In Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Sandton(maybe). Come on that's what the average pea brain is supposed to believe that if you don't shop in Harrods then you force your husband to hand over power. Its ludicrous that someone who can spell bitch like you can believe Grace misses Harrods.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-22 11:25

      Millionwatts1, What an absurd respons to my comment. Before you make a commont in future 'READ' the article 'first' Me, nor anybody, suggest that 'targeted' sanctions, will prevent the likes of this grace, to spend her stolen money somewhere else. And although she and her gang, goes to Hong Kong , Malaysia etc, it MUST hurt them, for otherwise, WHY,would they have send delegation after delegation to the EU, to 'beg' them to lift these sanctions !!!!!

      millionwatts1 - 2012-07-22 12:24

      No Antonyfromafrica, these so called targeted sanctions are hurting the constituency on the ground more than the millionaire politicians in Zim. Do you honestly think Grace is now suffering now that EU says keep out. You think she can't get a Harrods handbag if she really wanted it as bad as they lie to us that she doers? Many a shopper will tell you they are more places than London that you can shop. My point is that its not the love for walking and shopping in Europe that the Zim delegates advocate for dropping of sanctions. Development is stifled by these sanctions.

  • nyagomojj - 2012-07-21 09:12

    The assets freeze should not be lifted if those assets have nothing to do with the betterment of the poor majority's welfare. The whole issue of suspensions should result in a better life for the poor, not for those leaders to be seen getting fatter, and forgetting the poor people

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-22 03:49

    The EU needs to stand firm. It's much too early to loosen sanctions. Bob needs also to be sent to The Hague but that's not gonna happen since they don't have any oil for the US of A.

  • Elaine - 2012-07-22 05:30

    the eu should get out of its ivory tower and see the realty in africa the place is in a shambles, zimbabawe being just one of the problems.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-22 11:01

    I don't know who still believes that Mugabe loses sleep (at 88) over the fact that he can't go to Europe for a holiday.(He still goes there 3-4 times on UN and EU work visits anyway) Europe was fashionable for colonialists living in Africa but frankly today they are so many destinations to live and work that banning someone from a place they don't like anyway is like banning a Nun from a night club.

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