‘The situation in Zimbabwe is going from bad to worse’, said Mr Verhagen.
‘Mugabe and his clique apparently have no intention of carrying out the
agreement on power-sharing. I believe the European sanctions against
Zimbabwe’s rulers need to be stepped up as quickly as possible.’
The Zimbabwean opposition, led by Morgan Tsvangirai, agreed last
September to share power with President Robert Mugabe. But no progress
is being made on implementing the agreement. In the meantime violence
against the country’s population is continuing and the humanitarian
crisis is deepening. The collapse of the healthcare system is allowing
a cholera epidemic to claim more victims every day.
The Dutch embassy in Zimbabwe recently uncovered evidence that
poisonous chemicals are being used to drive residents out of remote
areas where mines are being run by Mugabe supporters.
Mr Verhagen will meet with Zimbabwean opposition leader Tsvangirai
before the foreign ministers’ meeting Monday in Brussels, to discuss
how the Netherlands and the EU can support the opposition.