AllAfrica | Zimbabwe: ‘No Lifting of Sanctions Without Real Reforms’
By Elias Mambo
WHILE Zimbabwe’s re-engagement team with the European Union (EU) was upbeat about the possibility of the bloc lifting sanctions after its trip to Brussels last week, analysts have warned that without meaningful reforms on the ground it would still be difficult to ensure the removal of the restrictive measures.
Energy and Power Development minister Elton Mangoma (MDC-T), Justice and Legal Affairs minister Patrick Chinamasa (Zanu PF) and Regional Integration and International Co-operation minister Priscillah Misihairabwi-Mushonga (MDC) led the re-engagement team in talks with the EU in the Belgian capital.
Talks have been ongoing since 2009 as part of broad efforts to implement the Global Political Agreement (GPA) to restore political and economic stability before free and fair elections are held.
Negotiations are going on within the framework and context of the EU-Africa Cotonou Agreement, Article 96, which says “political dialogue concerning respect for human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law shall be conducted within the parameters of internationally recognised standards and norms”.
"The parties may agree on joint agendas and priorities. Benchmarks are mechanisms for reaching targets through the setting of intermediate objectives and timeframes for compliance," it reads.
The EU slapped President Robert Mugabe and his top allies and associated companies who either owned, controlled or were linked to Zanu PF with the measures in 2002, citing rampant political violence and gross human rights violations which it said hindered the holding of free and fair elections in the country.
The targeted sanctions specifically followed the expulsion of EU election observer Pierre Schori, a Swedish UN diplomat whom the group had designated head of its proposed 150-strong team for the disputed March 2002 presidential polls.
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