EU has no plans to lift sanctions on Mugabe

The European Union (EU) has no plans to lift sanctions against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and 200 other officials, at least not in the short term. Speaking after an EU Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels, the bloc's Foreign Policy Chief, Javier Solana, said its policy had not changed despite the formation of the unity government.

The meeting did not even feature Zimbabwe on the agenda, something
unusual for the Foreign Ministers’ meeting. There is usually at least
some comment on Mugabe, the welfare of Zimbabweans or an update of the
targeted sanctions. But this time the issues were all a lot closer to
home for the bloc.

The Middle East, Afghanistan, the credit crunch and the Western Balkans
filled the agenda. It appears that calls for the EU to lift sanctions
against Zimbabwe are likely to go unheeded for some time. Solana says
sanctions will be maintained and perspective on greater co-operation
will be given when the situation changes.


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