EU to lift Zim sanctions after referendum

2012-07-23 12:03

Brussels - The European Union on Monday agreed to lift most sanctions against Zimbabwe firms and individuals once the country has held "a peaceful and credible" vote on a new constitution.

Welcoming "constructive dialogue" and political "progress", EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels also agreed to resume direct aid to Zimbabwe's government after a 10-year suspension.

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.

"The EU agrees that a peaceful and credible constitutional referendum would represent an important milestone in the preparation of democratic elections that would justify a suspension of the majority of all EU targeted restrictive measures against individuals and entities," the statement said.

But sanctions will remain against President Robert Mugabe, according to EU diplomats.

"There is no question of lifting sanctions against Mugabe or anyone involved in continued abuses of human rights, incitement to violence, etc - that is simply not up for discussion," an EU official said.

  • thebe.tau - 2012-07-23 12:17

    Finally the Zim economy can pick up and all zimbos can go home, yippee, damn you EU for that heavy punishment.

      ianon.ym - 2012-07-23 12:21

      Second That ...

      tinashe.makuto - 2012-07-23 13:16

      I'm a zimbo studying in SA. zim is bad no doubt bt I must say the way SA is being run by your ANC I have seen it B4 its a pitty I cnt remember whr so 1 day is 1 day

      wynand.bothma - 2012-07-23 13:27

      Tell them Tinashe... It reminds me of Zim too. Look at the state of our education, health, police, corruption... we are on a path very similar to Zim!

  • vus.dube - 2012-07-23 12:51

    This problem started with Zambia and then it was stabilized, then came Zim and now it is going to be stabilized also but where is it going to now... in SADC??? I wonder... just thinking aloud...

  • George - 2012-07-23 12:59

    Viva uncle Bob

      George - 2012-07-23 13:04

      I am so happy for Pres Mugabe, patience is a virtue

      felix.feline.3 - 2012-07-23 13:16

      You would have loved old Adolf as well, bless his little heart.

      George - 2012-07-23 13:28

      It is high time we accept that Zim people don't like both Morgan and Bob, and they think Bob is better that Morgan. This thing of saying we will only lift the sanctions when Morgan wins is crap. That is not democracy, it is demograzy.

  • djim.bie - 2012-07-23 13:02

    There is no hope then for dictor rule Africa. Zim is TAKING 51% of company shares, so by lifting sanction the EU is ok'ing this? Farms are alo stil being handed to the state.

  • Gavin - 2012-07-23 13:03

    what a pile of crap. when has zimbobwe every done any honestly ? 2 jokes I heard sum the situation up perfectly: someone broke into the zimbabwe parliament and stole the next election results when you go into the voting booth, you will see 2 black boxes, if you vote for mugarbage, you put your ballot into the one box, if you don't, YOU will be put in the other box ! he will give you exactly what you want to see, so that you will send money to his country and he will promptly confiscate it. how about you actually sort some of the mess out first, then they life sanctions ? I will toast the day Bob dies, and then celebrate/toast it every year thereafter.

  • duma.nkabinde - 2012-07-23 13:21

    Get up Zim its time we rebuild this continent together. Aluta continua!!

  • desh.maharaj - 2012-07-23 13:30

    Where is Bob's $30Billion. ... Zim has been robbed by UK ($30Billion), Then Bob($30Billion) and Loss of National Skill due to migration ($30 Billion)

  • Jymiro - 2012-07-23 14:17

    I can't believe what I am reading, the EU chats what the wealth of Zim but they don't want the legitimate ruler - kick them out Bob you don't need them you have your Chinese. They are jelouys of the Chinese.

  • nhla.prv - 2012-07-24 08:53

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