EU suspends Zimbabwe sanctions

BRUSSELS — The European Union (EU) said yesterday it would immediately suspend travel bans and asset freezes on most Zimbabwean firms and people on its sanctions list after Zimbabweans approved a draft constitution curbing presidential powers.

Reuters

“The EU . . . has today agreed to immediately suspend the application of measures against 81 individuals and eight entities,” EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement.

Ten people, including President Robert Mugabe and two companies, including State-run diamond miner the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation, remain on the sanctions list, an EU source said. The EU has been gradually easing its sanctions on Zimbabwe as part of a strategy to encourage political reform after 33 years of Mugabe’s rule. In a March 16 referendum, nearly 95% of voters approved the draft constitution, bringing the southern African State closer to an election.

Ashton said the “peaceful, successful and credible” vote was a significant step in the implementation of an agreement that created an uneasy coalition between Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai following violent and disputed elections in 2008.

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13 Comments

  1. Phunyukabemphethe

    !!Yaah, they have come right – we have straighted them a bit, now that we have a constitution. Gukurahundis can go shopping in Europe for now.

    Any more Gukurahundism, we lock the European doors one more time – this time we throw away the keys, mark my words!!

  2. NDICHO CNINONZI CHIKARABWINO CHATINOITIRWA NE EU ICHI.

  3. who are thoz removed y don u publish the list,u sucks

  4. This will not stop us advocating for the total removal of those sanctions. Period!!!

    1. Phunyukabemphethe

      !!!Yes Dracular, but the sanctions have straightened you a bit, you have come right, hence we have a new constitution – selithambile kancane.

      Any further nonsense, they are back – this is no threat!!

  5. Hurrah…. ZANU PF plunderers. Head for Europe for designer suits which you seem to prefer over those of the Chinese. I bet you were dying for just such an opportunity. Nothing to spend on….your stolen wealth. We know you love Europe more than China or Singapore. Don’t you?

  6. mugabe is still under ilegal embargo ,why?.it does not make any change.to hell wth EU .a bunch of thieves and murders.

  7. Poor uncle Bob, no European shopping for Madame yet

  8. Zimbabweans have made an important gesture by voting “Yes” in the just ended plebiscite.Yes we did not to impress anyone but for a better Zimbabwe….unity,peace and love forever!!!!!!!

  9. HARRODS TRIP, NOT YET! YOU FIGHT WITH YOUR SPOUSE, ITS ALL BECAUSE OF SANCTIONS! SANCTIONS, MY FOOT!

  10. what might be the possible end of this

  11. I’m not a spammer

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