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Dutch Institute Urges 'Smart Support' Complementing Targeted Zimbabwe Sanctions


A Dutch think tank says Western donor nations should complement their "smart sanctions" imposed on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and hundreds of his supporters with what it calls “smart support” to help the unity government deliver critical services.

The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy said the world should not punish all of the members of Zimbabwe's new government for the policies of the previous administration of President Robert Mugabe even though Mr. Mugabe remains head of state within a power-sharing arrangement negotiated following violence-tainted 2008 elections.

Institute for Multiparty Democracy Chief Executive Roel Von Meijenfeldt told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that Zimbabweans have suffered enough.

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