Zimbabwe: Africa Summit Calls for End to Sanctions
Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2007
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March 29, 2007
African leaders agreed that President Thabo Mbeki should facilitate dialogue between the government and opposition political parties in Zimbabwe amid calls from Western leaders for strong actions to be taken against President Mugabe and the government of Zimbabwe.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) also called for western sanctions on Zimbabwe to be lifted and appealed to Britain to honour its commitments to assist with financing land reforms in Zimbabwe.
This may seem to be a slap in the face of Western leaders' calls for tough words and actions from African leaders against Robert Mugabe.
It is quite obvious that African leaders are not dependant on western sources for news and reports on what is taking place in Zimbabwe.
"Of course the appeal to parties is to be cooperative and give this initiative a chance, also for the parties to exercise restraint and avoid anything that's going to inflame the situation," Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete told reporters at a news conference.
"The extraordinary summit mandated his Excellency President Thabo Mbeki to continue to facilitate dialogue between opposition and government and report back ... on progress," a statement at the end of the two-day summit said.
"The extraordinary summit reiterated its appeal to Britain to honour its compensation obligations with regard to land reforms," the summit statement said.
Africa summit calls for Zimbabwe dialogue
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