ZANU-PF has dismissed as unintelligible reports that the European Union wanted to suspend illegal sanctions it imposed on Zimbabwe after the country met certain conditions.
The EU has indicated that it was preparing to suspend the economic embargo imposed on the country in 2002. European officials have told the Daily Telegraph recently that there was now an agreement to bring Zimbabwe "back in from the cold, but only if new conditions are met".
These include the publication of a new constitution, the adoption of human rights laws, a successful referendum and the conduct of free elections next year. The EU Commission's resolutions are expected to be made public in Brussels this month-end.
Zanu-PF negotiator and member of the Zimbabwe-EU re-engagement committee Cde Patrick Chinamasa said anything short of unconditional lifting of the embargo was not acceptable to Zimbabwe.
"We went to Brussels to demand unconditional lifting the sanctions because they are in the first place illegal. The EU sanctions just like the US sanctions have no basis in international law because they were not authorised by the UN Security Council," said Minister Chinamasa. Read more...