RAPAPORT… Following what it called a successful constitutional referendum in Zimbabwe, the European Union (EU) further relaxed sanctions on the African nation. In a declaration posted by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the EU, Zimbabwe was congratulated on a peaceful and credible vote to approve a new constitution on March 16, and therefore restrictions were suspended against 81 individuals and eight entities.
However, 10 people, including President Robert Mugabe, and two companies, including the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC), remained under EU sanctions, pending a free and fair presidential election, which is tentatively scheduled for July.
While the EU welcomed national reconciliation and peaceful political activity, it remained concerned about recent reports of intimidation and harassment against some political activists and civil society.
”The EU urges all leaders to ensure that their commitment to peace and transparency are respected by all groups and services of the security authorities at both national and local levels. A number of key decision makers will remain subject to restrictive measures until peaceful, transparent and credible elections have been achieved,” Ashton wrote.