Zimbabwe Diamonds: EU Finally Wakes Up
The European Union has always towed the line when it comes to deal with the Foreign Affairs of one of its member states. One such instance is the ‘targeted sanctions’ leveled against various members of the Zimbabwe government based on a huge tiff between the the southern African country and the United Kingdom.
The UK still maintains frosty relations between itself and the government led by President Robert Mugabe. The latest point of contention is the Marange diamonds with allegations made by the former colonial master that these are blood diamonds and should not be made available on the open market. The Zimbabwean government has of course refuted these claims which have received unwarranted coverage through the BBC and other media.
Now the EU has taken a different line. Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said:
We have seen reports from NGOs about alleged torture camps, but we’ve never had any solid evidence to substantiate to us that these camps actually exist.
[EU member states diplomats] have never been able to obtain hard facts to substantiate the existence of these torture camps. Obviously if these allegations were to be proved true, we would like to have the evidence.
This is something from a departure from the usual your-enemy-is-my-enemy rhetoric that has characterised something of a gang mentality when the bloc deals with countries outside Europe.
Some of it may stem from China and India’s movements in the Zimbabwean market. The former’s involvement in Zimbabwe’s well-documented while the Indians have been making in-roads including a huge purchase of diamonds late last year.
It seems as if Europe may be waking up to a new reality