simbarashe mumbengegwi 15-02-12.jpgForeign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi has castigated the European Union bloc for taking a stance and extending sanctions on the country even before the next round of dialogue with Zimbabwe which is expected to start soon.

Despite not hearing Zimbabwe’s side of the story, the EU member countries started discussions on the country in mid-January and by mid-February they took a decision to extend the illegal sanctions claiming the GPA has not yet been fully implemented.

Minister Mumbengegwi said the planned European Union re-engagement meeting is thus a public relations exercise as the western bloc has already unilaterally taken a decision.

“Zimbabwe has always suggested that the most important time to have the dialogue is before the extension of the sanctions, but the European Union has not heeded the call, thereby rendering the re-engagement meetings in Brussels a mere public relations exercise,” said Cde Mumbengegwi.

Cde Mumbengegwi added that Zimbabwe’s only message at the planned meeting is that all the sanctions should go immediately as there was never any basis for the imposition in the first place.

Different regional and international organisations such as SADC, NAM, AU and COMESA have implored the EU to lift the embargo.

SADC has sent a delegation to western capitals in Europe and the United States asking for the lifting of the illegal sanctions.

In March 2011, 2,2 million Zimbabweans appended their signatures to a petition calling for the scrapping of the illegal measures.