EU, Zim smoke peace pipe
from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE – THE European Union has finally lifted economic sanctions against Zimbabwe, ending more than a decade of sour relations with Harare.
Addressing the media in the capital Harare on Thursday, the EU Head of Mission, Philippe Van Damme, said the latest development to remove its trade sanctions against Zimbabwe would see the 28-nation EU member bloc re-engage with Harare on bilateral economic agreements.
Van Damme said the lifting of economic trade would be effective on Saturday.
“We are most happy today to announce that the EU council confirmed this position and that appropriate measures will indeed effectively be lifted this weekend.
“We never had any trade sanctions vis-a-vis Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe always benefited from privileged access to European markets. I am stressing this because it is critically important to understand our relationship,” Van Damme said.
Zimbabwe has been under economic restrictions from the EU and the United States since 2002 following alleged human rights violations and electoral fraud.
The dispossession of land from white farmers to indigenous blacks was widely viewed as grosss violation of both property and human rights leading to the economic embargo against Harare.
Government, led by the ruling ZANU (PF), had insisted the sanctions were illegal and aimed at whipping emotions against the party.
– CAJ News
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