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Zimbabwean NGOs Pursue Their Own European Diplomatic Initiative


As Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai concluded the first phase of his European diplomatic initiative and headed for the United States, Zimbabwean non-governmental organizations remained on the Continent to lobby Europe and its governments.

The NGO delegates said their objective is to define priorities for aid and keep Zimbabwe on the radar of the European Union ahead of Spain's assumption of the presidency in 2010.

Represented on the delegation are the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, the Crisis in Zimbabwe coalition, the NGO Human Rights Forum and the National Association of Non-Governmental Organizations.

The NGOs launched their five-day tour on Sunday in The Netherlands, quickly moving on to Spain, and will continue to Sweden, Germany and Belgium.

Crisis In Zimbabwe Coalition Chairman Macdonald Lewanika, reached in Madrid, told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the delegation is promoting humanitarian aid and democratic reform as priorities and trying to boost Spanish awareness of the Zimbabwe question as the country prepares to take over the EU presidency.

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