Zimbabwe: EU to endorse decision to extend targeted sanctions by another year

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
15 February 2010

The European Union’s council of ministers will meet in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday to endorse a proposal to extend the sanctions against Zimbabwe until 20 February 2011.

The Committee of permanent representatives from the EU met last week and decided to extend the targeted sanctions against Robert Mugabe and his cronies. SW Radio Africa understands that this decision was motivated by the shortage of sufficient progress in the implementation of the Global Political Agreement between ZANU PF and the two MDC formations.

The EU imposed sanctions on 203 key ZANU PF and government figures allegedly involved in violence and human rights abuses and 40 companies associated with these individuals and their sources of finance.

Despite strong resistance from human rights defenders, the EU is likely to remove some names and companies from the sanctions list. There are divisions within the EU over the sanctions issue; some are calling for the lifting of embargoes on state firms, while others want [continue reading]

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