UK based pressure group asks Cameron to boycott EU summit

UK based pressure group asks Cameron to boycott EU summit

via UK based pressure group asks Cameron to boycott EU summit | SW Radio Africa by Tichaona Sibanda on Monday, February 17, 2014 

UK based pressure group the Zimbabwe Vigil has written a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron, urging him to boycott April’s EU/AU Summit in Brussels.

President Robert Mugabe is to attend the summit from 2nd-3rd April after he received a formal invitation. Since 2002 he has officially been banned from visiting the EU, under their ‘restrictive measures’, because of human rights abuses and corruption. He is not prevented from attending international meetings.

The two-day summit is expected to explore ways of ‘strengthening political partnership and enhanced co-operation at all levels.’

Dennis Benton, the Vigil spokesman, told SW Radio Africa that nothing has changed in Zimbabwe that should allow the EU to change its policy towards Zimbabwe.

‘The ZANU PF gangsters that run the country have not changed any of their policies, what we see now is a country being run into the ground,’ Benton said.

He added: ‘Our advice to the Prime Minister is that Mugabe has not changed his hatred of the West, especially the UK, so why should he go to Brussels to be abused by the ageing man. So as far is Cameron is concerned he should stay home.’

Recently the Reuters news agency reported that the EU will this week lift most of its remaining targeted sanctions against Zimbabwe. The EU’sforeign policy chief Catherine Ashton told lawmakers at the European Parliament that they were probably now in the right place remove targeted sanctions, on the basis that ‘if things go badly we can move back again.’

The EU imposed the restrictive measures on Zimbabwe in 2002, in response to a government crackdown on the opposition and the violent land reform program. These have gradually been lifted in recent years, following political improvements, but measures have remained in place against key individuals in Mugabe’s inner circle.

COMMENTS

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    roving ambassador. 4 years

    Please ,please,please Barosa, let me come to Brussels .I have got a young wife who needs bling, please, please. We need to buy presents for the wedding , loads and loads of belgian chocolate. please, please, please.

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    Kubota Binga 4 years

    Shame!!

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    Doris 4 years

    Boycotting won’t help the people of Zimbabwe one little bit. Cameron must develop the coyones to confront Bob, face to face and show the world exactly what the people of Zimbabwe are having to put up with.

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    Dat wl be stupid for Cameron nt 2 attend, i min u cant kip on boycotting international meetings because of 1 person,,face up bro

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    easily fooled 4 years

    My suggestion is for the vigil to travel to brussels and camp at Mugabe’s hotel, try to do a citizen arrest, take him to the vigil court for trial…..munenge mashaine…..dont expect someone to do it for you, do it yourself guys

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    mucha 4 years

    Desperate headless morons who worship white supremacy at the expense of their fellow citizens. They went to London under the pretext of seeking asylum, thanks for Mugabe’s name that they were abusing. Now they want to remain relevant to their masters. Who do you want to fool? Come home and fight the battle in the front.

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    mucha 4 years

    These morons don’t learn from history . This is a conservative party that they are talking about. This is the party that negotiated Zimbabwe’s independence under Margaret Thatcher and has not been too harsh to ZANU PF Government. Cameroon had not been vocal against ZANU PF since it came to power and all this points to a shift in relatios between London and Harare. This group should re-think and come up with other workable strategies.

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    Harper 4 years

    The Conservatives put Mugabe in power because they were worried that pro-ANC Nkomo would invite the Cubans on to the border with South Africa.

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    machakachaka 4 years

    Saka Cameron is afraid of Mugabe? Hahaha vachepa varungu vaye.

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    Anold Anderson 4 years

    Well people encouraging discord in their so called vigil for Zimbabwe are not serious they must learn that Zimbabwe is going out of the sanctions whether they like it or not. It is time the zimbabweans work for the common good of their country than keeping dividing it.

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      Kubota Binga 4 years

      Am with you Arnold. Its sickening how we call for greater punishmeent to ourself. It beats me.

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        its high time,to show zanu pf people that they are not god,we want robert mugabe to appear to the internal coury of justice,super powers must show them right direction.we are tired of zanu pf.thank u