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Originally posted by SteveR
how is the UK government going to make a profit from it?
“How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a far-away country between people of whom we know nothing!”
Thank you for your email, which Caroline has asked me to respond to on her behalf. Please excuse the delay in doing so but Caroline receives vast amounts of correspondence and we cannot always get back to constituents as promptly as we would like.
The situation in Zimbabwe is of grave concern to Caroline, as a passionate advocate of peace and human rights. Like you she is appalled by the suffering imposed by President Mugabe and believes that the EU has a moral responsibility to challenge his regime and hold it to account.
Caroline was outraged at the Portuguese authorities' decision last year, when Portugal held the EU Presidency, to invite Mugabe to attend an EU-Africa summit, with apparent disregard for European Parliament policy advocating a travel ban. She believes that the move totally undermined the EU's sanctions against Mugabe and she condemned the Presidency's actions. MEPs adopted a resolution on Zimbabwe in April 2007, which reinforced its commitment to a travel ban, so Caroline wrote to the Portuguese Prime Minister to object to his actions and to stress that Mugabe's presence would be perceived by many as indicative of EU support for his regime.
Whilst the EU as a whole and individual member states must do more to isolate and condemn the Mugabe regime, it is certainly not in a position to remove the President from power. Rather, Caroline would advocate greater UN engagement with the situation and international agreement on on how best to urgently address the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe.
Yet, in May 2007, Zimbabwe was narrowly elected to head the UN's Commission on Sustainable Development, despite EU opposition. Caroline objects to Zimbabwe being allowed to take on this role as she questions the commitment to sustainability of a President that has systematically run down his own country's economy, environment, social protection and political framework. She will continue to call on the EU to press for UN action against Zimbabwe, which has sat, alongside approximately 50 other countries, on the UN's Commission for Human Rights since 2003.
Thank you for taking the time to raise this with Caroline and please do not hesitate to get back in touch if you require any further information.
Dear Mr XXXX
Thank you for your message, about the disturbing condition of Zimbabwe,
and expressing hopes that I shall publicise this matter in "the European
Parliament" (EP) and that "Europe" (EU) will intervene.
You should realise, however, that the EU has no powers to intervene and
that the EP is not a parliament, as we understand it, but a consultative
assembly, having no powers to propose, let alone implement, policy.
The EU could assume sovereign status and military power through the
ratification of its "Reform Treaty" (EU-constitution) but this would be
a disastrous outcome, given that the EU is not, and cannot be,
The "parliament" may be elected, but it has no general electorate - only
linguistically compartmentalised electorates, which cannot communicate
with one another - and, as a result, it fails the first requirement of
democratic representation, which is a mandate arising from universal
participation in debate.
The other institutions of the EU - and the ones where all the power is
wielded - are not elected at all.
The proper channel for your complaint is, therefore, our own Parliament,
of which, unfortunately, I am not a member.