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08/12/2016

Zimbabwe is set high on General Affairs Council agenda

Zimbabwe is set high on General Affairs Council agenda

EU Foreign Ministers will meet in Brussels today to discuss relations with Zimbabwe, the Middle East and the financing of enlargement. The most urgent issue will be to take a decision on eventual EU sanctions against Zimbabwe.

Background

The EU Foreign Ministers are meeting in Brussels on 18-19 February. They will discuss:

  • enlargement (in particular the financial framework presented by the Commission on 30 January 2002)
  • the preparation of the UN conference on financing for development (Monterrey)
  • the fight against terrorism (discussion of the state of play of ongoing work to evaluate relations with third countries in combating terrorism)
  • EU participation in the UN international police task force (IPTF) in Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Zimbabwe (run-up to the Presidential elections)
  • Middle East (discussion on the promotion of a political solution to the conflict)

Following the expulsion from Zimbabwe on Saturday, of the Head of EU's delegation of election observers, Mr. Pierre Schori, the issue has been given a more prominent role in the Council. The EU has threatened targeted sanctions against Zimbabwe.