EU EXTERNAL RELATIONS
- Zimbabwe – Council conclusions
- Republic of Moldova -Visa ban against the leadership of the Transnistrian region -Council conclusions
The Council adopted the following conclusions:
“1. The Council emphasises its readiness to work closely with the Government of National Unity in Zimbabwe in addressing the challenges the country faces and in the implementation of its commitments as set out in the Global Political Agreement of September 2008.
2. The Council recognises the Government of Zimbabwe’s ongoing efforts to implement the GPA, and the progress achieved after one year in office, in particular in the economic sphere. The Council welcomes agreement on 21 December 2009 by the signatories of the GPA to establish the Commissions on Human Rights, Electoral Affairs and Constitutional Reform. The EU is actively supporting the GPA implementation through a specific cooperation programme.
3. Nevertheless, the Council notes with concern insufficient progress with regard to the rule of law, respect for human rights, constitutional reforms, power sharing on equal terms, national reconciliation, security sector reform and the protection of investors.
4. In light of the above, the Council has decided to revise and extend for another year appropriate and restrictive measures. Nevertheless, its stands ready to keep them under constant review and to revoke them in response to further concrete developments in the implementation of the GPA.
5. The Council reaffirms its commitment to a successful political dialogue. The launch of the Article 8 Political Dialogue in Brussels on 18 June 2009 and the EU troika visit to Zimbabwe in September 2009 were important steps in the process of normalisation of EUZimbabwe relations. The Council calls for regular and timely continuation.
6. The Council welcomes the recent handing over of the Global Political Agreement Commitment Plan by the Government of Zimbabwe as it constitutes a basis for a continued Political Dialogue.
7. The Council also welcomes the intensified regional diplomacy and encourages the SADC, the AU and States in the region to continue to make all efforts to create a constructive environment in which issues outstanding can be resolved.
8. The European Union remains the largest provider of assistance to Zimbabwe in particular through its transitional support for agriculture and food security, social sectors, including health and education, and for GPA implementation. The EU disbursed 274 million Euros in Zimbabwe in 2009.”
Republic of Moldova -Visa ban against the leadership of the Transnistrian region -Council conclusions
The Council adopted a decision (5934/10) extending restrictive measures against the leadership of the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova by twelve months until 27 February 2011. The decision, however, provides for the suspension of the visa ban until 30 September 2010 in order to encourage progress in reaching a political settlement to the Transnistrian conflict, to address remaining problems in Latin-script schools and to restore the free movement of persons; at the end of the suspension period, the Council will review the visa ban in the light of developments. The decision includes also an amendment of the list of persons to whom the visa ban applies.
The Council also adopted the following conclusions:
“1. The Council welcomes the cautious positive developments in the Transnistrian settlement process in recent months. It notes in particular an increased openness of the new government of the Republic of Moldova and the de facto Transnistrian leadership to engage in dialogue. The Council also welcomes the Moldovan government’s efforts to address the Transnistrian issue, its expression of a firm commitment to the 5+2 process and its support of confidencebuilding measures.
2. At the same time, the Council regrets the fact that no substantial progress has been made towards a political settlement of the Transnistrian conflict; that the situation of some Latinscript Moldovan schools in the Transnistrian region remains problematic and that the de facto Transnistrian authorities continue to place obstacles on the free movement of persons.
3. The Council has therefore decided to extend the restrictive measures (provided for by Common Position 2008/160/CFSP and extended by Common Position 2009/139/CFSP) against certain members of the de facto Transnistrian authorities for a further period of 12 months. However, in order to encourage progress, the Council has decided at the same time to suspend the implementation of the restrictive measures until the end of September 2010. The Council has also decided that it is appropriate to delete 3 names from the list of targeted persons.
The Council calls on the de facto Transnistrian authorities strongly to engage in constructive efforts to reach a political settlement to the Transnistrian conflict, to address the remaining problems of the Latin-script schools, and to restore free movement of persons. By the end of September 2010, the Council will review the suspension of the restrictive measures and the visa ban list in the light of the developments, notably in the areas mentioned above. The Council may decide to re-apply or lift the travel restrictions at any time.
4. The Council reaffirms the commitment of the European Union to the Transnistrian settlement efforts, notably by participation in the 5+2 process and by supporting confidence-building measures. The Council recalls the importance of resuming the 5+2 talks as soon as possible in order to achieve a sustainable settlement to the Transnistrian conflict, in full respect of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Moldova.
5. The Council reaffirms its firm commitment to continue strengthening the political association and economic integration of the Republic of Moldova with the EU. In this context, the Council recalls the joint statement of the Cooperation Council between the EU and the Republic of Moldova on 21 December 2009, and welcomes the start of negotiations on an Association Agreement on 12 January 2010.”
The Council took note of preparations for an EU-Morocco summit that is due to take place in Granada, Spain, on 7 March.
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