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EU Presidency Statement on Zimbabwe

The Presidency of the European Union expresses serious concern about the detention of Morgan Tsvangirai for the second time whilst campaigning in Zimbabwe.

The Presidency condemns the instructions issued by the Government of Zimbabwe to suspend all NGO field operations in Zimbabwe immediately and without further notice. The decision will affect many Zimbabweans for whom their support is vital. The Presidency calls on the Government of Zimbabwe to reverse it immediately.

The EU will continue to work closely with the UN and NGOs to provide assistance to vulnerable Zimbabweans by whatever means possible.

The arrests and the obstruction of NGO field operations along with the recent harassment of diplomats are heightening the fears of the Zimbabwean people and the international community about the conditions in which the second round of the Presidential elections is being taken forward.


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Date: 06.06.2008