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of The Thematic Committee on Peace and Security on the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs role in promoting and safeguarding peace and
security of Zimbabwe
March 09, 2011
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resolved to gather oral evidence from the acting secretary of Foreign
Affairs Ambassador Sengwe as part of its mandate, on the role of
the Ministry in promoting and safeguarding peace and security in
the region and international community.
It is therefore
in this regard, this Committee recognizes the importance of peace,
security and political stability as prerequisites for socio-economic
development in a nation. These prerequisite determine the nature
of a nation's well being in the region and globally. This is evidenced
by the Ministry's activities in Southern African Development Community
(SADC), COMESA, African Union, Non Alignment Movement, G77 and United
Nations to ensure regional and international peace andsecurity as
well as development. Thus this Committee agrees that the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs' role in promoting, protecting and safeguarding
Zimbabwe's peace, security and development aspirations is of greater
findings - Foreign Affairs contributions to peace and security.
received oral evidence from the Ministry's acting secretary Ambassador
Sengwe who outlined the primary policy of Foreign Affairs as follows:-
- To achieve
a stable, peaceful and secure environment that is conducive to
economic and human development.
- To cultivate
and maintain cordial relations with other nations, organizations
- To advice
the Head of State and Government the President on issues related
to Foreign Policy and International relations.
- To ensure
that Zimbabwe upholds its obligations with respect to international
treaties, conventions, protocols and agreements.
secretary stated that the Ministry plays a central role in the resolution
of bilateral disputes. This is exemplified by the role it played
in the dispute with Botswana over stray rangers.
noted with appreciation that through SADC the Ministry played an
influential role which culminated in the SADC, Dar Salaam resolution
of 2007. That resolution paved a way to the block's facilitative
role in resolving the political crisis in the country. This is evidenced
in the conclusion of the Global
Political Agreement between Zanu PF, MDC-T and MDC-M which has
resulted in peace as well as economic stability in Zimbabwe.
also received evidence to the fact that in 2010, Zimbabwe was elected
into the African Union organ for peace and security for 3 years
representing Southern African Region. This election into this important
organ is a great advantage to Zimbabwe as she is in a better position
to advance the interests of her foreign policy and that of SADC.
In this vein Zimbabwe plays a vital role in the promotion and safe
guarding of peace in the region and Africa as a whole because this
council looks at threats to peace and security in the continent,
therefore Zimbabwe makes her contribution to ensure that there is
gathered that at the international level, Zimbabwe is an active
member of such bodies as
the United Nations and Non Aligned Movement. The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, through its diplomatic
missions in New York, Geneva and Vienna collaborates with representatives
of other member states, to
develop measures to prevent the following;
- Threats to
settlement of international disputes
hereby informs this Honorable House that Zimbabwe has actively participated
in the drafting and adoption of conventions, treaties, resolutions
and other outcomes of International conferences that promote peace
keeping operations to the extent that on two occassions Zimbabwe
Republic Police officers were engaged in peace keeping operations
in Kosovo, Angola, Somalia and Rwanda where they excelled with distinctions
to the extent that on two occasions Zimbabweans were chosen to head
the United Nations forces in Angola.
was informed that, the issue of xenophobia in South Africa was addressed
in conjunction with South African government. The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs organized a committee which looked at how the xenophobia
attack victims could be helped. That committee resolved to mobilize
ten buses which went to South Africa to collect Zimbabweans victims.
Unfortunately the buses came back with a few people and groceries
as well as furniture belonging to Zimbabweans who opted to remain
However the Ministry is still monitoring the situation to ensure
security for Zimbabweans in South Africa.
The Acting Secretary,
Ambassador Sengwe highlighted that economic and social development
are key elements in creating a peaceful and secure environment.
This Committee was informed that the Ministry has taken a keen interest
in fostering international co-operation in the Economic and Social
Council, United Nation Conference on Trade and Development as well
as in the Food and Agricultural Organization. This entails refocusing
the work of Zimbabwean embassies towards attracting investments,
facilitating trade, tourism promotion and bidding for conferences
to be held in Zimbabwe.
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