In a publication authored by the Directorate General for External Policies, a policy department of the European Parliament, the EU admits to have imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe and other states in a publication titled â€œImpact of sanctions and isolation measures with North Korea, Burma, Iran and Zimbabwe as case studies.â€
The admission flies in the face of the MDC-T formation and other Western sympathisers who have on repeated occasions denied the existence of the illegal sanctions, opting instead to label them targeted restrictive measures despite their devastating effects on the generality of Zimbabweans.
In the 32-paged publication released in May this year, the EU admits to have imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe under two different legal frameworks, one of which is premised on the suspension of the application of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement. The other measures were adopted under The Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU.
Apart from an arms embargo, travel bans and assets freeze on government officials, the EU applied the suspension of the application of the Cotonou Agreement under article 96.
The article reads, â€œThis measure freezes budgetary support for development projects under the 9th and 10th European Development Fund.â€
The clause clearly states the decision by the EU to stifle economic developmental projects in Zimbabwe, a move that has resulted in the shutting down or scaling down of operations by several industries in the country, thereby relegating many workers to unemployment and poverty.
On the background of the sanctions, the EU report states that â€œThe Zimbabwean crisis has its origins in the agrarian reform begun by President Mugabe in 2000-01, which entailed the expropriation of land from white farmers, and which was accompanied by a wave of political violence and the intimidation of the opposition.â€
This clause admits that the relations between Brussels and Harare were a direct result of the anger by the EU on the decision by the people and Zimbabwean government to address a colonial injustice by redistributing land to the black majority, which had previously been in the hands of a white minority.