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news - Zimbabwe Sanctions 'Should End'

september 9th, 2009

"Southern African leaders have ended a regional summit by calling on the international community to lift all sanctions on Zimbabwe.

The leaders, from regional bloc Sadc, said Zimbabwe had made enough progress in putting together a unity government.

Analysts say Sadc's call is a victory for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who has long argued against sanctions.

Rights groups say removing sanctions now would benefit the very people the measures were meant to punish.

At the end of a two-day meeting in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Southern African Development Community issued a statement saying it 'noted the progress made in the implementation of the Global Political Agreement' in Zimbabwe.

It went on to call on the international community 'to remove all forms of sanctions against Zimbabwe.'"

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