Statement by Xavier Marchal, Head of the EC Delegation in Zimbabwe, on the situation in Zimbabwe

Type: Report   Reference: I-058066   Duration: 10:07:38  Lieu:
End production: 30/06/2008   First transmission: 30/06/2008
As African leaders, including Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, arrived on 30 June 2008 in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, the European Commission's delegation in Harare, said that Robert Mugabe definitively did not have the mandate to govern the country. In a video link with the capital of Zimbabwe, Xavier Marchal, Head of the European Commission's Delegation in Zimbabwe, told journalists in Brussels that nevertheless there had been indications that the party in power and the opposition side would be ready to enter into negotiations for a transition. Asked whether the Commission should leave the country in a protest for the results of the presidential poll, Xavier Marchal said that the Commission's intention was to remain active, supportive to the population as it has been in the past, even more now during this difficult time.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:04:35 Title 00:00:04
10:04:40 General view of the videolink with Harare European Commission Representation 00:00:07
10:04:47 Xavier Marchal, Head of Commission's Delegation in Zimbabwe, (in ENGLISH) saying that because there is an African Union Summit perhaps they need a little bit of time to see how the process will evolve and whether or not the negotiating parties in Zimbabwe will enter into negotiations for a transition; they can see that Robert Mugabe definitively does not have mandate to govern the country right now; it has been expressed by at least two of the election observation missions in their statements; he would like to say also that they recognize States mostly and not governments; one thing that they have done in the last years is to be there and support the population 00:00:59
10:05:46 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:05:51 Xavier Marchal (in FRENCH) on the question of leaving or not the country; saying that the Commission delegation should remain there and be active as it has been, if not more now 00:00:10
10:06:01 Cutaway of press 00:00:05
10:06:06 Xavier Marchal (in FRENCH) saying that it is up to the parties involved to decide what to do in the future and whether or not to negotiate; they see the various positions being formed by the different sides; he does not know if the party in power really intends to negotiate; there are indications that it is ready to do so; the opposition side has also expressed the willingness to negotiate 00:00:41
10:06:47 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:06:52 Xavier Marchal (in ENGLISH) on the Zimbabwean staff of the European Commission's delegation being intimidated; saying that he does not think it is because they work for the European Commission's delegation; it is a general trend that happened throughout the country that many Zimbabweans have been intimidated and asked to vote properly on 27 June 00:00:21
10:07:13 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:07:18 Xavier Marchal (in FRENCH) on EU's financial aid; saying that Zimbabwe has lost the 9th EDF (European Development Fund); nevertheless they have prepared the 10th EDF; but it is obvious that it will only be implemented once the EU will have decided to lift the restrictive measures 00:00:20
10:07:38 Cutaway 00:00:04
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