20 August 2012

Southern Africa: SADC Summit Resolutions On Zimbabwe


President Zuma presented his report on the Zimbabwe situation to the Troika of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation when it met on the afternoon of Thursday 16th August. Although President Zuma had to return to South Africa the following day in the wake of the bloody confrontation between South African police and striking mineworkers, the Heads of State Summit, meeting on Friday and Saturday 17th and 18th, received his report through the Organ Troika and endorsed it.

Although the official Organ Troika report is not made available, it was said to have recommended that Zimbabwe set up a Cabinet mechanism to implement facilitated GPA agreements. The end of Summit Communiqué included the following on Zimbabwe:

"Summit adopted the Report of the SADC Facilitator in Zimbabwe, H.E. Jacob Zuma, the President of the Republic of South Africa.

Summit noted the progress in the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) and urged the stakeholders to work together in particular, on the Constitution Making Process in Zimbabwe which is about to be concluded.

Summit urged signatories to the GPA to develop a Roadmap with timelines that are guided by the requirements of the process necessary for adoption of the constitution and the creation of conditions for free and fair elections to be held.

Summit resolved that if there are any difficulties with regard to the Constitution and implementation of agreements, the Facilitator should be called upon to engage with the parties and assist them resolve such issues, bearing in mind the timeframes and the necessity to hold free and fair elections.

Summit urged the parties to the GPA to continue the implementation of the GPA.

Summit noted the partial lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe and urged the European Union and the rest of the international community to lift all the sanctions unconditionally.

Summit commended H.E. President Zuma and his team for the progress made towards normalising the Zimbabwe situation."

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