|Zanu-PF dismisses unintelligible EU reports|
|Monday, 16 July 2012 15:15|
ZANU-PF has dismissed as unintelligible reports that the European Union wanted to suspend illegal sanctions it imposed on Zimbabwe after the country met certain conditions.
The EU has indicated that it was preparing to suspend the economic embargo imposed on the country in 2002.
These include the publication of a new constitution, the adoption of human rights laws, a successful referendum and the conduct of free elections next year. The EU Commission’s resolutions are expected to be made public in Brussels this month-end.
“We went to Brussels to demand unconditional lifting the sanctions because they are in the first place illegal. The EU sanctions just like the US sanctions have no basis in international law because they were not authorised by the UN Security Council,” said Minister Chinamasa.
“Any suspension of the sanctions that is subject to any conditionality is a meaningless gesture and no one can be happy except those who sympathise with countries that imposed them. The way Zanu-PF read it is that they (sanctions) will be re-imposed if Zanu-PF win elections.”
He said conditional lifting of sanctions was not worthy efforts being made by the EU. Cde Chinamasa said the re-engagement team made it clear in Brussels that the EU had no role in supervising affairs of other sovereign states such as Zimbabwe.
“We made it very clear to Lady Aston that Zimbabwe is a sovereign state. The EU should not arrogate itself the role to supervise us.
Zimbabwe wants good relations with the EU, but the European bloc’s attitude showed that it was not committed to that.
Cde Chinamasa said the EU was not being sincere on its approach towards the whole re-engagement process.
The East has been making headway in getting lucrative deals as Government embarked on a successful Look East Policy.
The EU has two months to respond to the case. Mr Coulon acknowledged that Harare had regularised its application and also confirmed papers have already been dispatched to the defendants.