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    More French duplicity!

    Is France going out of its way to be difficult? next thing you know they will bring Idi Amin out of retirement and make him the cultural attache for Europe.


    France forces fudge on Mugabe sanctions

    Ian Black in Brussels and Michael White
    Thursday February 13, 2003
    The Guardian
    European Union governments last night renewed a travel ban on Robert Mugabe and his top officials but gave the green light to the Zimbabwean leader to attend a summit in Paris.

    European Union governments last night renewed a travel ban on Robert Mugabe and his top officials but gave the green light to the Zimbabwean leader to attend a summit in Paris.
    Ambassadors meeting in Brussels ended weeks of disarray by agreeing that the "smart" sanctions imposed on Harare's senior leadership would be extended for a year.

    The deal was condemned as "a kick in the teeth for the suffering people of Zimbabwe" by the shadow foreign secretary, Michael Ancram, and by Labour MPs and MEPs.

    "The messages to Zimbabwe have to be very clear and this is a very muddy deal," said Ann Clwyd MP. Glenys Kinnock MEP, who will today launch a plan to stop Zimbabwe sliding further into chaos, condemned the regime's "violence, intimidation and torture".

    Yet the EU's decision came a day after Nigeria and South Africa urged an end to Commonwealth sanctions against Zimbabwe, claiming progress has been made towards restoring democratic standards.

    The envoys failed to decide whether to postpone a planned EU-Africa summit in Lisbon, scheduled for April, after threats from Britain and others that it would be boycotted if the Zimbabwean president attended.

    Diplomats said a final decision will be made tomorrow. But the row is likely to deepen tensions over EU foreign policy, which is already strained by disarray over Iraq.

    It took four meetings in as many weeks for the union to get its act together in the face of insistence by President Jacques Chirac that Mr Mugabe attend a Franco-African summit next week.

    France had made clear it would not support the extension of the measures if it was prevented from holding its summit. This led to a row between Britain and France, with Mr Chirac telling an angry Tony Blair that engagement was more effective than sanctions.

    The measures ban travel to Europe by top Zimbabweans, as well as freezing their assets and maintaining an embargo on weapons that might be used for internal repression.

    The ambassadors of Britain and several other countries insisted on registering their objections to the temporary French "opt-out". This will enable Mr Mugabe to visit Paris - a development seen as making a mockery of the sanctions regime and the EU's claim to have a common foreign policy.

    As he left for a trip to China last night to discuss North Korea, Mr Ancram called the deal proof of "double standards adopted about human rights in Zimbabwe by the EU. It is a cynical stitch-up which the British government should have resisted from the start and made clear we would have no part in".

    Future exceptions to sanctions, such as attendance at international conferences, will have to be approved by majority vote.

    The move follows the protracted wrangling involving England's cricketers and the International Cricket Council over their first World Cup match in Harare.

    Zimbabwean opposition groups have protested that any avenue granted to Mugabe to attend international meetings at which he is treated as a statesman is "an affront to the feelings of the people of Zimbabwe".

    The EU imposed the measures last year, accusing Mr Mugabe of rigging elections, fomenting violence against political opponents and trampling over human rights.

    The decision quickly came under fire. "The EU is being pathetic and sending entirely the wrong message both to Mugabe and the suffering millions in Zimbabwe," said the Tory MEP Geoffrey Van Orden.

    "What we now have is sanc tions la carte, with an exemption for Mugabe."

    Mrs Kinnock said:"Now is the time to start taking a serious look at how we strengthen sanctions and do the opposite of what African leaders are contemplating."

    #2
    Re: More French duplicity!

    I am no fan of Mugabe, and the French actions may just be to rile up the British, but what about the duplicity of the British government? Why did it not arrest that white-ruler Ian Smith who declared UDI from Britain by proclaiming the White-ruled republic of Rhodesia? Even after giving power to the black-majority why did Britain not fulfill its promises under the Lancaster agreement to fund the resditribution of land, which was/is so massively in the hands of whites? France is not responsible for the historical injustices committed against the black people of Zimbabwe - the British colonial authorties and their Rhodesian surrogates were.

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      #3
      Its seems its always the same story for you Malik,it starts off with `i`m no fan of`BUT,lets first dig into history and lets see if we can find some crime commited by the US or UK.

      Mugabe is 100% responsible for his actions since 1979,thats 23 years for him to sort things out,dont you think thats long enough for him to stop blaming Britain for his mistakes.

      I say,lets deal with the facts as they stand today,lets stop blaming everything on history,we could all do that and dig up dirt on everyones ancestors but is that going to do any good today,no way.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Braveheart:

        I say,lets deal with the facts as they stand today,lets stop blaming everything on history...
        Why is going back to 1979 and the period before it to difficult for you face? What is your opinion of the British colonial rule and crucially the whites-only regime of Ian Smith (Rhodesia) that ruled uptill 1979?

        After 1979, why has the UK government not fulfilled its promises made under the Lancaster Agreement to help in the redistribution of land to the overwhelming black majority?

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          #5
          No Malik it is not difficult,however,as usual i am trying to discuss today and you are doing the old Malik two-step,so if you want to discuss Ian Smiths regime i suggest you start a thread on it yourself.I am talking about Robert Mugabes regime.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Braveheart:

            ...if you want to discuss Ian Smiths regime i suggest you start a thread on it yourself.I am talking about Robert Mugabes regime.
            Robert Mugabe succeeded the white ruler Ian Smith so it perfectly relevant to discuss the quite recent history of Zimbabwe/Rhodesia. What happened uptill 1979 has a direct impact on what happened later, and contributes to the present situation. Now once again did you support the whites-only regime of Ian Smith of Rhodesia uptill 1979? That will help us understand your view towards later events...

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              #7
              If you insist on railroading this thread like you do so many others thats up to you,as i said if you want to start a discussion on the subject of Smiths regime,i will happily support it.If on the other hand you wish to discuss the relevant thread which is Mugabes regime,then go for it.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Braveheart:
                If you insist on railroading this thread like you do so many others thats up to you,as i said if you want to start a discussion on the subject of Smiths regime,i will happily support it.If on the other hand you wish to discuss the relevant thread which is Mugabes regime,then go for it.
                I'll put it in more direct and simple terms for you? Is it not true that you were a supporter and defender (quite literally) of the whites-only regime of Ian Smith? Yes or No?

                Once you answer this question we will know exactly where your stand on Mugabe and present events is derived from?

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