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Seanad Éireann díospóireacht -
Thursday, 1 May 2008

Vol. 189 No. 10

Situation in Zimbabwe: Motion.

I move:

That Seanad Éireann, concerned at the deadlock of the democratic process in Zimbabwe following the elections of 29 March 2008 and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in that country:

calls on the African Union and Southern Africa Development Community, SADC, to lead international pressure for a democratic and peaceful resolution to the current crisis;

commends the Government's efforts to raise the issue as a matter of urgency at international level and, in particular, in its contacts with the Irish Aid's programme countries in the SADC — Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho and Tanzania;

welcomes UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's call for a UN role to resolve the crisis while the current democratic deadlock persists, and the active role being played by the EU;

deplores the failure to publish the full results of the recent elections in a timely and credible fashion;

calls for the broadest and most effective international observation in the event of any further rounds of voting and campaigning in Zimbabwe;

deplores the reported "militarisation" of election tactics in Zimbabwe, human rights repressions and threats, beatings and torture of opposition supporters, election workers, trade unionists, police, medical workers and all other individuals;

welcomes the continuing assistance which Irish Aid is giving to the people of Zimbabwe and looks forward to supporting the reconstruction of Zimbabwe's democratic institutions and the protection of its economic assets; and

looks forward to re-establishing warm relations with the parliament of Zimbabwe following a successful democratic conclusion to the elections process.

Question put and agreed to.