simbarashe mumbengegwi 06-12-10.jpgForeign Affairs Minister, Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi who is also the chairman of the re-engagement committee setup by the inclusive government to spearhead the Zimbabwe-European Union dialogue, says no progress has been made in that regard since the opening of the dialogue three years ago.

Dialogue between Zimbabwe and the European Union was launched in July 2009 when a Zimbabwean ministerial team of the inclusive government travelled to Washington, London and the EU headquarters in Brussels to lobby for the removal of the illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe and to normalise relations between the two sides,.

The re-engagement team, including Minister Patrick Chinamasa of Zanu PF, Elton Mangoma of the MDC-T and Mrs Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushonga of the MDC followed up the initiative with two other meetings in the western capitals, with the last one held in July last year when they met the EU Foreign Minister, Baroness Catherine Ashton in Brussels.

Minister Mumbengegwi said several meetings have been held between the EU head of delegation in Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwean team, but there is no sign of change of stance.

Contrary to the views of SADC, Africa, NAM and the rest of the developing world, the EU is insisting on maintaining the sanctions alleging lack of progress in the implementation of the Global Political Agreement.

Cde Mumbengegwi said the European Union has no right to supervise the implantation of the GPA because as it not a signatory to the agreement which was signed by the major political parties in Zimbabwe.

Some westerners who have imposed the sanctions on Zimbabwe and the revelations by wikileaks have implicated the MDC-T as being supportive of the illegal embargo despite the party’s public pronouncements to the contrary.

The decision to hold the re-engagement meetings locally was reached at the last dialogue of the team in Brussels last year.