Dutch minister urges Zimbabwe to reform

10th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Dutch Development Minister Bert Koenders has told Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai that the Netherlands will only give his country funds if it releases its political prisoners and introduces reforms.

PRETORIA - Dutch Development Minister Bert Koenders has told Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai that the Netherlands will only give his country funds if it releases its political prisoners and introduces reforms.

On Tuesday Prime Minister Tsvangirai will name the conditions which will enable Zimbabwe to cooperate with Europe. Minister Koenders will then discuss the possibility of European aid for Zimbabwe with other European ministers in the near future.

Zimbabwe has requested billions of euros in aid from Western countries to get the country back on its feet. There is a huge economic crisis in Zimbabwe and the country is practically bankrupt. Minister Koenders and Prime Minister Tsvangirai met during the inauguration of Jacob Zuma as president of South Africa.

Koenders said President Zuma has to address South Africa's huge unemployment and poverty. He says the Netherlands will watch developments in South Africa critically especially with regard to press freedom and anti-corruption.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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