'Zim sanctions matter for individual member states'

NEW YORK - United Nations (UN) secretary- general Ban Ki-moon says the lifting of targeted sanctions against Zimbabwe is a matter for individual member states.

He was responding to a question during a brief press encounter with journalists at the UN Headquarters in New York.

“Any sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe need to be discussed and done by the member states and intergovernmental bodies. I have been urging the government of Zimbabwe and President Robert Mugabe himself, on many occasions, that there should be fair and credible elections and for a democratic process in Zimbabwe,” says Ban.

He says that there should be full respect for human rights and they should work on improving the well-being of the people.

Earlier, statements by the UN called for the country’s leadership to govern responsibly and inclusively.

“I have taken note of elections which were held recently. I know that there have been some assessments by different groups of monitors and I hope that all these controversies or current assessment should fully reflect the will of the people in line with international democratic principles,” he added.

Both the European Union (EU) and the United States have called for credible elections as a precursor to lifting sanctions.

Meanwhile, the United States says it will only lift sanctions on Zimbabwe’s newly re-elected President Robert Mugabe if he implements political reforms.

On Sunday, southern African leaders called for the West to lift sanctions against Harare as they gave their seal of approval to Mugabe’s victory in disputed elections. However, Washington was unimpressed.

In March 2003, the United States imposed sanctions on Mugabe and his relatives.

Comments (14)

Wolf in sheep skin! What democratic principles are they that allow America to commit murder to member states, cause unrest, famine and have their soldiers sexually abuse innocent citizens from the countries they invade?

great Mandizvidza - 21 August 2013

I Like ba Ki moon's response - 'we don't interfere with internal issues of member states, Sounds familiar hu!!!

Watikiritai - 21 August 2013

Ha ha, these baboons have been harping on about sanctions being "illegal" because they were not authorised by the UN. Now Mr Ban Ki-moon has put it very clear....individual member states are free to impose these restrictions on whomsever they wish. In other words they have soverenity...lol. Zanu can retaliate and impose sanctions on USA and refuse the millions in aid that helps to feed Zimbabwe's poor and also refuse to use the USD and barn Obama from visiting and shopping at Mbare.

Lt General - 21 August 2013

These ZANU baboons understands the language of sanctions only. How can leader be allowed to rule through FRAUD? Please U.N. do something about this AGED zimbabwean MAD DOG

EARTHQUAKE31JULY - 21 August 2013

We are sick and tired of this word sanction. What is that you want from America not seen in those countries said that the elections were free and fair. Get what you want from China and do away without these countries. Zimbabwe! a country importing tea spoons, plastic cup, under garments..... from China.... A country without domestic industries but waiting for foreign investors to start something and say 51%. That's nonsense. To make matters worse ministerial posts are for the people like Chinoz....

Vote yebenzi - 21 August 2013

Nyope Simbe hero rajaira kutora tsvinbo kupasa dura minda takapiwa nababa vaChatunga zvose migodhi ndizvedu

Colonel - 21 August 2013

MaSanctions chiwepu cheganda, chikwapura nenyama! Rova ngoma Duzura!

Jambanja paSalisbury - 21 August 2013

Pamberi nema sanctions ngatowedzerwa

Chatunga Resiliant Rigging Master - 21 August 2013

Well this is double Dutch! Did Secretary General say the elections were free and fair or not? I do not think he would have dared to be a similar catastrophe was to befall a nation whose citizens have a voice!

Wilbert Mukori - 21 August 2013

sanctions or no sanctions minda tinayo tirikurima hameno vasina ndivovanoda kusevenzera varungu muchamama huyayi tikupei mungwazo mvura yavakuuya. Unouya kuzopemberera aniko nhai chematama nguva yako yaka pera chienda kumusha pamwe ungaitwe sabhuku uchiri kunhuwira harare wakanonoka uchaenda usina Eliza unoziva kuti mubati wadzo pamwe kako chingwishu anjaira muzvambarara

kana hanya - 21 August 2013

if the UN does interfere with issues in individual member states then what are they doing in countries they were not invited in. gents you might be happy about sanctions but tisu ticha suffer wetha you are MDC or ZANU

mytruezim - 22 August 2013

Iwe unozviti "kana hanya" ndakufarira. Chasara ramba kushandisa mari yevapambepfumi vekuAmerica ushandise the Chatunga Dollar ineface yamudhara. Inotenga! siyana neyaObama please

charles charingeno - 22 August 2013

@ Lt Gen. Makapenga. 'zpf can retaliate by banning Obama from shopping at mbare market

musanyepa - 22 August 2013

United Nations must come out clean on Zim. They must stop the SADC syndrome from spreading. What is the meaning of elections were free and peaceful...but they are still assessing the issues of credibility and fairness. But they had endorsed them! If the sanctions against Zimbabwe are justified let them say so. This Zimbabwe thing need finality from all stakeholders including the U.N SADC's myopia is a cause for concern.

Regalia - 22 August 2013

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