Posted by: APO | 16 April 2008

Zimbabwe / Europe / Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on Zimbabwe

COUNCIL OF

THE EUROPEAN UNION

 

Brussels, 16 April 2008

8509/08 (Presse 100)

P 051/08

 

Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on Zimbabwe

 

The European Union is following the situation in Zimbabwe closely and welcomes the

holding of the Extraordinary SADC Summit to discuss Zimbabwe, hosted by President

Mwanawasa of Zambia in his capacity of Chair of SADC. It shares SADC’s concern about

the situation and welcomes its efforts to find a regional solution.

The European Union supports the Summit’s call for the expeditious release of the

Presidential election results, in accordance with the due process of law. It reiterates its

concern at the prolonged and unexplained delay in releasing the Presidential results which

is undermining the credibility of the process.

The European Union expresses its deep concern about the current deteriorating situation in

the field of human rights and the increasing reports of violent incidents.

The European Union reiterates the importance of respect for democratic principles and for

the elections to be a credible reflection of the free and democratic will of the Zimbabwean

people.


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