David Miliband

Foreign Secretary

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Wednesday 23 July, 2008

European Action1: Zimbabwe

European Foreign Ministers agreed sanctions on travel and finance relating to key members of the Mugabe regime in Brussels this week.  This is intended to make clear continued international determination to balance up the competing forces in Zimbabwe – an opposition which won the parliamentary and presidential elections and a government that has turned on its own people.  In the light of the welcome news of a negotiating process being established in Harare, the need for clear pressure on the regime is increased.  We all want the negotiations to succeed, but no one believes they will unless there is real pressure on the government to recognise the will of the people.

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Increased pressure on the Mugabe Regime appears to be working so far better than mediation. A brew of the two though will be effective in the long term. We hope for the best result out of this mix. Pressure is definitely more effective on Mugabe than talking, he doesn't respect rhetoric much. We've come to know that over the past few decades...

Posted by N Hodges on July 26, 2008 at 03:20 AM BST #

I am sure the Brit Ambassador in Harare is reporting the continual violence against opponents of the Mugabe regime in violation of the memorandum of understanding between the ZANUPF and the two MDC formations. Is it not time to publically call on Mbeki, SADC and the AU to call Mugabe to task?

Posted by Ray Allan on July 31, 2008 at 04:07 PM BST #

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