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Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union concerning
the recent events in Zimbabwe
July 26, 2005
The European Union
welcomes the report of the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy, Anna
Tibaijuka, on the Government of Zimbabwe's Operation Restore Order.
The European Union notes the Special Envoy's findings that Operation Restore
Order was indiscriminate and unjustified; conducted with indifference
to human suffering; illegal under domestic and international law; and
has caused a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented proportions. In this
respect, the EU encourages the international community to provide unconditional
humanitarian assistance to the population in need.
The European Union joins the Special Envoy in calling on the Government
of Zimbabwe to halt immediately all further demolitions; facilitate unrestricted
access for international humanitarian assistance; and to bring those directly
responsible to justice.
The European Union also joins the Special Envoy in calling the Government
of Zimbabwe to undertake corrective policy reforms in macro-economic management
and governance issues. The European Union shares the view of the Special
Envoy that the Government of Zimbabwe should promote real internal dialogue
with the Zimbabwean civil society and with the international community.
The European Union calls upon the African Union and the Southern African
Development Community to raise the human rights situation with the Government
of Zimbabwe and urge it to address the profoundly distressing effects
of the Operation Restore Order.
The European Union recalls that Zimbabwe's compliance with its benchmarks
would constitute positive steps leading towards the normalisation of relations.
The European Union also recalls the Conclusions of the 18 July General
Affairs and External Relations Council, which underlined the European
Union's profound concern and reaffirmed that the European Union will keep
its policy towards Zimbabwe under constant review, including on restrictive
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