For a democratic Zimbabwe
| Doc. 11733
| 01 October 2008
- Mr Jean-Claude MIGNON,
France, EPP/CD ; Mr John AUSTIN,
United Kingdom ; Mr Denis BADRÉ,
France, ALDE ; Mr Laurent BÉTEILLE,
France, EPP/CD ; Mr Georges COLOMBIER,
France, EPP/CD ; Mr Alain COUSIN,
France, EPP/CD ; Mr Daniel DUCARME,
Belgium ; Mr Jean-Charles GARDETTO,
Monaco, EPP/CD ; Ms Claude GREFF,
France, EPP/CD ; Ms Arlette GROSSKOST,
France, EPP/CD ; Mr Mike HANCOCK,
United Kingdom, ALDE ; Ms Danuta JAZŁOWIECKA,
Poland ; Mr François LONCLE,
France, SOC ; Mr Theo MAISSEN,
Switzerland ; Mr Germinal PEIRO,
France ; Mr Maximilian REIMANN,
Switzerland ; Mr Frédéric REISS,
France, EPP/CD ; Mr André SCHNEIDER,
France, EPP/CD ; Ms Miet SMET,
Belgium ; Mr Rudi VIS,
United Kingdom ; Mr Robert WALTER,
United Kingdom, EDG
This written declaration commits only those who have signed it.
1 The violence and fraud that punctuated the recent
elections in Zimbabwe were yet another illustration of that country’s
difficulties in treading a path towards social harmony.
2 Despite the results of the first round of the presidential
and parliamentary elections of 29 March 2008 giving a majority to
the opposition, the outgoing president did not hesitate to bring
violent pressure to bear on the people.
3 In the face of these breaches of the most rudimentary principles
of law and human dignity, the international community must, as a
matter of urgency, join forces and at last make its voice heard,
be it through the Council of Europe, the UN, the European Union
or the African Union.
4 We cannot allow ourselves to compromise on the values that
must govern the settlement of this situation.
5 It is our wish that a new consultation of the people of Zimbabwe
be organised and that the United Nations observe proceedings. It
is only such a course of action that could lastingly rehabilitate
the political situation in Zimbabwe.
6 No measure, even of a transitional nature, must be overlooked
to achieve that aim, particularly measures geared to forming a government
of national unity.