eu summit delegates.jpgLocal international relations experts have blasted the EU for its Eurocentric bullyboy attitude which has seen the bloc renewing illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe by another year while refusing to listen to the African Union, SADC and COMESA.

The analysts accused the EU of putting spanners in Zimbabwe’s inclusive government and economic recovery efforts by extending their illegal sanctions on the country.

At a public debate hosted by the Southern Africa Political Economic Series, former Zimbabwean Ambassador to Australia, Professor Hasu Patel, said the EU’s imposition of sanctions on Zimbabwe was made on emotional grounds.

He said former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s admission in the Abuja Declaration of 2001 that land was the centrality of the problems between Zimbabwe and Britain is evidence that the EU acted from a Eurocentric basis.

“The sanctions also stall the Global Political Agreement Article 6, which outlines that sanctions must be removed as agreed by the three principles,” said Professor Patel.

Other experts who included Alfred Mutasa and Dr Ibbo Mandaza said the extension of the sanctions will further strain relations between Harare and Brussels contrary to the UN Charter Article which calls for dialogue to settle disputes between member states.

In his response, EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Aldo Deell’Arricia, failed to justify the basis and legality of the extension of the illegal sanctions, but admitted that the land issue and the indigenisation and economic empowerment drive were key to the extension of the sanctions.

The diplomatic fallout between Zimbabwe and the European Union began in 2000 when the Zanu PF government embarked on the land redistribution exercise to empower the black majority who had been disadvantaged by decades of colonial subjugation.

The EU responded by imposing illegal sanctions which have been condemned by the African Caribbean Pacific grouping, African Union, SADC and COMESA.