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EU squanders US$2 billion in aid to Mugabe's Zimbabwe while sanctions are in place
Date 12/05/2011 15:44  Author webmaster  Hits 1597  Language Global
12 MAY 2011

The Zimbabwean (EU provides US$2 billion aid to Zimbabwe)

HARARE - The European Union has provided US$2billion worth of aid to Zimbabwe since 2002, a top EU diplomat has said. (Pictured: President Robert Mugabe)

The EU, which maintains sanctions against President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle over charges of human rights abuses and electoral fraud, remains one of the country's largest donors.

Aldo Dell Ariccia, head of the EU delegation to Zimbabwe, said at the EU Day on Tuesday the bloc had given more than US$2billion to the southern African country  since 2002. "In Zimbabwe, since the year 2002, EU development assistance has been of approximately 1.5billion Euro or US$2billion and it has been devoted to the health sector, to education, to food security and agriculture, to water  and sanitation, to humanitarian programmes, to governance, to trade and last but not last, to arts," he said.

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