|EU considers re-engagement|
|Monday, 09 July 2012 18:07|
A decision to review Zimbabwe- European Union (EU) ties is expected to be made at the next EU council meeting which is scheduled to take place in Brussels on the 23rd of this month.
EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Aldo Dell’Allariccia said discussions on the Zimbabwean issue are underway in Brussels.
At the last Zimbabwe-EU re-engagement meeting held in Brussels on the 10th of May, the Zimbabwean team comprising representatives from all parties in the Global Political Agreement (GPA) was pushing for the removal of the illegal EU sanctions which were imposed on the country as punishment for redistributing land.
The Zimbabwean re-engagement team led by Mr Elton Mangoma of the MDC-T spoke unequivocally on the need for the removal of sanctions for the normalisation of ties between the two sides.
Although the EU Foreign Policy Chief Lady, Catherine Ashton was upbeat about progress made by Zimbabwe in the implementation of the GPA and referred the issue on the removal of sanctions to the EU Council, Zimbabwe maintains that sanctions should not be predicated on the implementation of the GPA as they were imposed in 2002, seven years before the inclusive government