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Saturday, 24 August 2013

Zimbabwe: EU to review restrictive measures

The European Union is to review its restrictive measures imposed on Zimbabwe, after the elections held on 31 July 2013 were considered ‘peaceful’, by taking into account the final reports of African Union, and Sadc observers.
"Our goal is to support the Zimbabwean people in achieving a more prosperous and democratic Zimbabwe, as a sure foundation for the future full normalisation of relations between Zimbabwe and the EU," the bloc's High Presentative, Catherine Ashton, said on August 22.
The EU representatives also underlined the importance and need to continue strengthening reforms to ensure that future elections are fully transparent and credible as well as peaceful.

After the escalation of political violence related to the elections in 2002, the EU decided to introduce measures against Zimbabwe as a means to put pressure on those considered responsible. These measures have been renewed each year since 2002. The introduction of the measures in 2002 has not resulted in a reduction of EU development assistance; rather, the provision of assistance was directed solely through non-government channels.

Source: All Africa, European Commission