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COMESA Opposes to EU Sanctions on Zimbabwe

Xinhuanet 2002-02-06 03:44:52
  HARARE, February 5 (Xinhuanet) -- The Common Market for Eastern
and Southern Africa (COMESA) is opposed to the sanctions that the
European Union (EU) has threatened to impose on Zimbabwe, Erastus
Mwencha, secretary general of the organization, said here Tuesday.

   "We do not believe that sanctions will help anybody and we do
not believe that this is the time to call for sanctions," Mwencha
said at a press conference.
   Mwencha is now in Zimbabwe attending a three-day meeting to
discuss the role of parliamentarians in promoting peace and
security in the region of COMESA that opened in Harare on Monday.
   While calling for peace and security in the region, Mwencha
said that due to the conflicts in the region, the organization had
lost about 13 billion U.S. dollars as it had missed a lot of
investment opportunities.
   COMESA, a regional group of 20 African states, was established
in 1994 to replace the Preferential Trade Area (PTA) for Eastern
and Southern Africa, which had been in existence since 1981 within
the framework of the Organization of African Unity.  Enditem
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