18 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Press Statement On the EU Partial Lifting of Illegal Sanctions Against Zimbabwe By Cde R.e.n. Gumbo Secretary for Information and Publicity 18 February 2013

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A fresh produce market in Mbare, Harare.

press release

The decision by the EU to remove certain individuals and companies from their illegal sanctions list is outrageous and preposterous.

ZANU PF will never accept any conditional removal of the illegal sanctions or any self-serving initiatives meant to advance the economic interests of western nations. Lifting of illegal sanctions must be unconditional and total. Moreover, selectively removing names and organisations from the sanctions list only serves to sow seeds of divisions and unnecessary mistrust among Zimbabweans. The Party insists on unequivocal lifting of all illegal sanctions.

The people of Zimbabwe have demonstrated unity of purpose in coming up with a draft constitution which is going to a referendum on 16 March 2013. Furthermore, Zimbabwean leaders and parties have called for the immediate removal of the illegal sanctions. Similarly SADC countries and particular South Africa our mediator in the coalition government have endlessly demanded that sanctions against Zimbabwe be lifted.

We believe that the current move to partially lift the illegal sanctions is intended to serve the interests of nations that want rough diamonds from our mines.

Our position remains that these sanctions are illegal and they must go in totality and without any conditions. They were not sanctioned by the UN or by the Cotonou Agreement between EU and African and Carebeam countries.

The Party will continue to call for the total lifting of the illegal sanctions and appeal to SADC and the AU to continue to apply maximum pressure to have the illegal sanctions removed.

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