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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Zimbabwe: EU's Sanctions Position Expected Today

The European Union is today expected to announce its position on whether or not it will remove the remaining illegal sanctions it imposed on Zimbabwe at a press conference to be addressed by its newly-accredited ambassador, Mr Philippe Van Damme. This follows indications the economic bloc made in February this year when it lifted some of the illegal sanctions, saying a decision on the remaining measures would be taken by November 1.

Removal of all sanctions will mean that Zimbabwe can now directly engage with the EU on a bilateral level unlike now when the Western bloc mainly channels its humanitarian support through non-governmental organisations. The EU has removed the names of some senior Zanu-PF and Government officials from the sanctions list, but left President Mugabe, his family and service chiefs. It also has not lifted trade sanctions that would allow direct engagement between the EU and Harare. African, Caribbean and Pacific-European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly head of mission for Zimbabwe, Cde Makhosini Hlongwane said Zimbabwe expected total removal of all forms of sanctions because they were not justified.