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Australia proffers a carrot to Zimbabwe

The Brisbane Times reports that, in light of the overwhelming vote (90% in favor) on a new Zimbabwean constitution, the Australian government will be lifting economic sanctions on 65 individuals and 3 entities. This is a second loosening of sanctions in the last 3 months. Back in March, 55 individuals were removed from the Consolidated List maintained by DFAT.

According to Foreign Minister Bob Carr, the next step the Australian government is expecting to see is free and fair elections by the end of the year. He also stressed that, should democratic reforms falter, the government is ready to reimpose sanctions on those removed from the list.

Still, it's heartening to see yet another example (i.e. similar results being seen in Myanmar) of economic sanctions being used effectively to change behavior in a positive manner.

Link:

Australia further eases Zimbabwe sanctions

 

Categories: DFAT Updates Sanctions News ZImbabwe Sanctions

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