‘Remove Zim sanctions to give motivation’

2010-10-05 15:17

Sanctions imposed against Zimbabwe should be removed to motivate that country and demonstrate good faith, Botswana President Ian Khama said.

“We appeal to those who have placed sanctions to remove them in order to give motivation. There is goodwill expressed by both sides, even if there are concerns. We also have concerns but let’s remove them (sanctions) to demonstrate good faith and see where we go from there,” Khama told journalists at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Khama, who was in the country for a two-day state visit, indicated that as easily as sanctions could be imposed, they could also easily be removed.

Setting aside a possible election next year, Khama said the focus was more on the signing of the constitution. This had also been moving at a snail’s pace.

“The process of working on the constitution will take a lot of time,” he said, adding that the parties concerned in Zimbabwe might even decide to let a full five years run its course before elections.

President Jacob Zuma, who also supported the removal of sanctions at a recent African Union meeting, said the political situation in Zimbabwe was a major concern for the region.

During their official meeting today, both presidents went into “a lot of details” on what they believe both countries could do to help through the SADC.

“This issue features prominently at the AU. As SADC, we are appealing to global leaders who are applying sanctions that they should be lifted. They’re not helping the situation in Zimbabwe. Instead of helping they are complicating,” said Zuma.

Khama was accompanied by his cabinet ministers and other senior government officials.

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