HomeLocalZim only African country yet to address ACP-EU concerns

Zim only African country yet to address ACP-EU concerns

Loughty Dube

ZIMBABWE is the only country on the continent that has not addressed issues of concern raised by the African, Caribbean and Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU)

parliamentary committee at its previous meeting.

An African conflict situations report presented to parliamentary working committees at the Belgium meeting last week indicated that Zimbabwe had refused to address issues raised by the ACP-EU under Article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement.

The report indicated that Zimbabwe had done nothing to address issues of human rights abuses, restoration of the rule of law and the issue of free and fair elections.

On the other hand the report said Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Liberia, Ivory Coast and Togo had made tremendous progress towards resolving issues raised at the ACP-EU meeting.

Zimbabwe was represented at the meeting by MDC anti-senate spokesperson Nelson Chamisa and Zanu PF Masvingo South MP Walter Mzembi.

The ACP-EU parliamentary committee is the preparatory body that meets before the main ACP-EU meetings.

This year’s meeting is scheduled for Barbados in November.

Chamisa confirmed attending the Brussels meeting but could not give details as he said he needed to present a report to parliament before going public with resolutions reached at the meeting.

“The issues discussed were varied and Zimbabwe came under discussion at the meeting but I cannot give details of what transpired until I have presented a report to parliament on matters that came under discussion,” Chamisa said.

The ACP-EU meets four times a year and two of the meetings tackle issues to be dealt with by the full joint parliamentary session.

However, it emerged that the meeting revealed divisions as some Pacific and Caribbean delegates supported their EU counterparts while South Africa and some other African countries tried to block discussion of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe has created tensions at international fora as some African countries have backed Zimbabwe on a wholesale basis while the West has stood resolute in its criticism of the country’s undemocratic practices.

The issue of the assault on Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions activists by state security agents while in police detention last week also came up for discussion. The EU has imposed targeted sanctions against President Mugabe and his lieutenants that bar them from travelling to Europe.

Recent Posts

Stories you will enjoy

Recommended reading