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Press Releases, 6/26/2008

Joint statement on the situation in Zimbabwe by the Nordic Ministers for Foreign Affairs

Press release 228/2008
25 June, 2008

The Nordic Ministers for Foreign Affairs – Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb of Finland, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt of Sweden, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre of Norway, Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller of Denmark and Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir of Iceland – have today issued a joint statement on the situation in Zimbabwe.

In their statement, directed above all at the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Nordic foreign ministers stress the importance of collective and determined action by the SADC countries. Work must be done to find a solution which respects the will of the people of Zimbabwe. The situation in Zimbabwe also affects the security of the whole of Southern Africa.

The foreign ministers align themselves with the recent statement of the UN Security Council, which condemns the political violence and the infringements and restrictions of democratic rights in Zimbabwe. The statement notes that the humanitarian situation has deteriorated dramatically. Violence and state-supported terror have entirely undermined the credibility of the forthcoming elections, and the principles of free and fair elections have been violated.

The statement also calls for an end to violence and for the creation of democratic, legitimate and reform-minded government in Zimbabwe. The Nordic countries express their preparedness to give their support to the reconstruction efforts of such a government.

Additional information: Counsellor Selma Honkanen, Department for Africa and the Middle East, Unit for Southern Africa, tel. +358 9 1605 6245


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