Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Zimbabwe: SADC slams Commonwealth

Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states have issued a strongly worded statement criticizing the Commonwealth for its stand on Zim.
"We wish to voice our strong disagreement with the decision not to allow Zimbabwe back into the Councils of the Commonwealth, as reflected in the Abuja CHOGM Statement on Zimbabwe".

... "The present situation in Zimbabwe calls for engagement by the Commonwealth, and not isolation and further punishment. We reaffirm our determination to continue to assist the people of Zimbabwe.

"We also wish to express our displeasure and deep concern with the dismissive, intolerant and rigid attitude displayed by some members of the Commonwealth during the deliberations.

... This development does not augur well for the future of the Commonwealth," the statement read. (link)
This didn't come out of nowhere ... check here and here and here ...