|EU satisfied with GPA implementation|
|Saturday, 12 May 2012 00:00|
Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
THE European Union has expressed satisfaction with the implementation of the Global
Political Agreement by parties in the inclusive Government.
The High Representative for EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Lady Catherine Ashton met a
Zimbabwean delegation in Brussels, Belgium, for re-engagement talks on Thursday.
The implementation of the GPA, a purely Zimbabwean affair guaranteed by Sadc, has of late been cited by the EU as a reason for maintaining the sanctions regime despite the fact that the GPA was signed on September 15 2008, a whole six years after the imposition of EU sanctions.
Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma led the team.
“The EU recognised the progress to date and encouraged the reform process to continue in the same positive direction, allowing progress towards normalisation of relations,” said Lady Ashton.
“The EU will remain actively enga-ged in supporting people of Zimbabwe,” she said.
He said the meeting was not a decision-making forum, but was used to start a process that will lead to a decision.
The EU, said the diplomat, had also been encouraged by comments made by Minister Chinamasa in the media regarding the talks.
During the Press conference, Mr Dell” Acriccia, however, declined to use the word “sanctions” preferring to use the word “restrictive measures” arguing that there will be no trade when a country is under sanctions.
“The simple fact that the Government of national unity had some Ministers at the EU headquarters has shown that they had an impact. That’s logical. The Ministers were very firm that they (sanctions) should be removed, meaning the measures had an impact,” he said.
This time the trip to Brussels by the re-engagement team was smooth and Minister Chinamasa was not detained by immigration officials.