Zuma urged to take `decisive stand` on Zim

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
01 March 2010

South African President Jacob Zuma is being urged to take a decisive stand on Zimbabwe, as he heads to the UK for a visit during which the Zimbabwe crisis is set to be high on the agenda.

Zuma is heading to the UK for an official visit and he has indicated that he will fight on Zimbabwe’s behalf for targeted sanctions against the Mugabe regime to be lifted. Zuma told journalists recently that sanctions were ‘undermining’ his efforts to push Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to agree to an electoral framework that could guarantee a free and fair vote.

“We want to create a conducive environment so that they can have elections to choose their own government, but the continuation of sanctions is undermining the agreement,” Zuma said.

The European Union (EU) last month extended the targeted sanctions on Mugabe and his inner circle by another year citing lack of progress in implementing the Global Political Agreement (GPA). Zuma’s statement on the sanctions has since attracted severe criticism from analysts who said the [continue reading]

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