Archive for the ‘Diplomacy’ Category

Euro-African summit and the Zimbabwean crisis

7 December, 2005

Pretoria news, 6 Dec 2005. “EU policy on Zim unwise, says SA ambassador”[Cimeira Euro-Africana, a realizar-se em Portugal em 2006? Declarações de João Cravinho (“It sometimes takes a tragedy to change a situation”) e impasse da situação no Zimbabwe.]

The European Union’s ambassador to South Africa is blunt about his organisation’s Zimbabwe policy: “it is unwise,” says Lodewijk Briët.

The EU’s policy of “smart” sanctions is unwise, he explains, because it has not improved the lot of ordinary Zimbabweans and because it has blocked Europe and Africa from conducting relations at the highest political level.

Because of Zimbabwe, a summit of the leaders of both continents which was supposed to take place in Lisbon in April 2003 has been postponed indefinitely.

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Zapatero to visit Mozambique? Visita de Zapatero em 2006

5 December, 2005

Europa Press, Madrid, Dec. 4, 2005:
El presidente del Gobierno, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, estudia visitar los países de Mozambique, Sudáfrica e India en los primeros meses de 2006, según explicaron fuentes gubernamentales a Europa Press.

Tanto Mozambique como Sudáfrica se incluirían en un mismo viaje, mientras que India podría ser la tercera escala del mismo o quedar en exclusiva para otro desplazamiento al extranjero, subrayaron las citadas fuentes.

El presidente del Ejecutivo tiene interés en visitar Mozambique para comprobar de primera mano la acción de la cooperación española en este país, uno de los cinco junto a Angola, Namibia, Senegal y Cabo Verde que son prioritarios en el Plan Director de cooperación del Gobierno para África.

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