‘Time is not right to lift Zim sanctions’

2010-04-09 15:34

The “time is not right” to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe, visiting German

Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor Guido Westerwelle said today.

“We don’t believe that the moment is right to take away the

measures put by the United Nations. Democratisation in Zimbabwe has not

advanced,” Westerwelle told reporters at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

He and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe co-chaired the Sixth

Session of the South Africa-Germany Binational Commission, where they had an

“extensive exchange of views on a range of bilateral and international


Westerwelle said South Africa and Germany were “partners with

common value“, and expressed his gratitude for the warm hospitality: “We are

partners in a strategic nature and we want to intensify that not only for the

interest of the countries, but also for the interest of the people.”

Motlanthe highlighted the importance of bilateral relations, saying

both countries shared common democratic values like respect for human rights and

social justice: “We continue to build our good relations based on these


The two countries were advancing in the fields of investment and

youth exchange programmes. Westerwelle indicated that Germany had invested over


billion (about R50 billion) in the country, contributing to the creation of

900 00 jobs.

South African exports to Germany grew from R35 billion in 2007 to

R47 billion in 2008, while imports grew from R66 billion in 2007 to R82 billion

in 2008.

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