EU refuses to be dragged in Mugabe, Tsvangirai's ambassadorial row

08:10, November 02, 2010      

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The European Union has said it will not interfere in the internal dispute between Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his partner in the inclusive government Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai over the appointment of ambassadors.

In remarks reported in the Herald newspaper on Monday, the bloc's recently appointed envoy to Zimbabwe Aldo Dell' Ariccia said the row sparked by Mugabe's unilateral appointment of the envoys was a domestic matter that should be resolved internally.

He also said the posting of the diplomats was best handled by individual sovereign states. "This is a reflection of internal matters, which must be dealt with internally," he was quoted as saying by the State-run daily.

Early last month, Tsvangirai wrote to the EU, the United Nations and South Africa requesting the expulsion of the diplomats who were unilaterally appointed.

These are Phelekezele Mphoko (South Africa), James Manzou (UN's Geneva office), Mary Mubaiwa (Italy), Steven Chiketa (Sweden) , Chitsaka Chipaziwa (UN headquarters in New York) and Margaret Muchada (European communities, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Belgium).

He also wrote to Mugabe informing him that his MDC party will not recognize other senior appointments he had made, including that of five judges and 10 provincial governors.

Tsvangirai argued that Mugabe violated their power-sharing Global Political Agreement by unilaterally appointing the senior officials without consulting and getting his consent.

Source: Xinhua


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