EU Denies Accepting Mugabe Ambassadors

The EU ambassador to Zimbabwe, Aldo Dell’Ariccia on Tuesday said: “The actual position is that the EU has given the agreement to Zimbabwe’s ambassador –designate HE Ms M. Muchada but the decision about the possible presentation of Ms Muchada’s credentials to the President of the European Commission, Mr J.M Barrosso, has not been taken.”

He was reacting to state media reports that quoted him as having said the EU will not interfere with President Robert Mugabe’s redeployment of ambassadors following letters of protest by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai that the deployments were unconstitutional.

The Herald story added that Dell’Ariccia said the posting of diplomats should be left to individual sovereign states.

But in a statement to the media late on Tuesday Dell’ Ariccia said the newspaper report was incorrect.

Early last month, Prime Minister Tsvangirai wrote letters to the United Nations, EU and South Africa demanding the expulsion of some recently redeployed diplomats in those countries.

Mugabe has refused to reverse the arbitrary appointments analysts and constitutional experts maintain are unconstitutional as they allegedly violated the constitution and the Global Political Agreement (GPA) signed by the three leaders in September, 2008.