LI President speaks out once again against ''oppressive and coercive'' regime04.12.2008
Lord Alderdice Speaking from Brussels at the joint Liberal International/ALDE Conference "The Future of Democracy in Zimbabwe: European assistance under African Leadership", LI President Lord Alderdice once again reiterated LI's support for the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe. "As Liberal International has actively worked to help our friends in Zimbabwe we have found that our usual approaches, over a number of years, have not worked. These efforts have involved political pressure, electoral assistance, support for sanctions and giving platforms to our opposition friends, including having Morgan Tsvangirai as a major speaker at the 2008 LI Congress in Belfast. Today's event, in conjunction with ALDE and our African colleagues, is a working meeting to try to go beyond the efforts to date. There are no easy answers, but sanctions, specifically against the repressive and coercive apparatus, support and preparation for post agreement reconstruction, and international cooperation bringing together not only the EU and USA but also Russia and China, are among the key emerging recommendations." Other key guests included MDC Secretary General Welshman Ncube, Chairman of LI full member the Democratic Alliance Joe Seremane and LI Vice President and President of the Africa Liberal Network, Dr Mamadou Lamine Ba.