The British government will demand EU observation role in the coming Zimbabwe election during the re-engagement talks scheduled to begin in London tomorrow reports in a communiqué leaked to the Press reveals. By their nature, communiques are brief reports or outlines of deliberations undertaken and cannot be prepared before such deliberations. Although the Zimbabwe re-engagement team comprising of Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa; Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma, and Regional Integration and International Co-operation Minister Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga left for London yesterday, a full draft communiqué dated 26 March 2013 had already been prepared detailing Britain’s position and the perceived contributions from the re-engagement team. The 10-point communiqué is titled “Friends of Zimbabwe, 2013 Draft Communiqué”.
The Zimbabwe ministerial team was invited by the British Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr Mark Simmonds. “The Friends of Zimbabwe met in London on 26 March (Tuesday) 2013, re-confirming our governments’ continued strong commitment to the Zimbabwean people and support for a prosperous and democratic Zimbabwe. “Underlining our desire for engagement based on partnership, we were pleased that representatives from the Zimbabwe Government of National Unity (GNU) parties (and re regional representatives) joined us,” reads the draft communiqué.
The Zimbabwe-Britain meeting is expected to involve representatives of the United States, Canada, Australia as well as members of the European Union.