MEP urges additional mediator on Zimbabwe

Parliament calls for transitional administration

-MEP urges additional AU mediator on Zimbabwe

EURO-MP Glenys Kinnock today called for an additional African Union mediator to be appointed to lead efforts to establish a transitional administration in Zimbabwe.

Her call came as MEPs voted on a resolution urging an inclusive mediation process to help end the climate of terror sweeping the country. The resolution calls for an interim administration reflecting the results of March 29th in order to stabilise the economy, resolve the humanitarian crisis, draft a new constitution and organise fresh presidential elections. It also demands that sanctions against members of the Mugabe regime are tightened.

Speaking in Strasbourg today, GLENYS KINNOCK, Co-President of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific States – EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, said: Today the European Parliament adds its voice to international calls for tougher sanctions against Mugabe, for an international arms embargo and for a worldwide travel ban and freezing of assets. We know who the ringleaders and bag carriers of the Mugabe regime are and they must be held to account.

So too do we urge moves toward a transitional government. Any talks must be based on the outcome of the March 29th election which the MDC won, and not on the sham run-off on June 27th. It must be a transitional arrangement designed to lead to a new constitution and fresh elections. As Morgan Tsvangirai has said “no power deals, no power sharing”.

Moreover, there has to be an additional mediator, Mbeki cannot do it alone, so we call for an African Union nominee of equal standing – such as Joaquim Chissano or John Kufor – to work alongside him.


For more information please contact Lisa Stevens at the Labour European Office on 029 2022 7654 or 079 7367 8175

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