Kofi Annan and the elders envisage a transition in Zimbabwe
Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary-general; Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and Graca Machel, released a statement concerning Zimbabwe.
They wrote a letter to the regional body, Sadc, ahead of the forthcoming 36th Summit of Sadc Heads of State and Government, calling “heads of state to support a successful and inclusive transition in Zimbabwe”.
In a press statement released on the Elders website, The Elders called on the heads of state of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) to consider how they can support a successful and inclusive transition in Zimbabwe that will return stability and growth to the country.
Writing to Sadc member states ahead of the regional group’s summit in Swaziland later this month, The Elders noted that Zimbabwe is ‘on the verge of an important transition’ which, if handled well, could lead to a peaceful and democratic change of leadership and a renewed focus on social and economic development.
The three Elders wrote “We firmly believe that a successful transition is vital not only for Zimbabwe but also for the region […] we are also convinced that, if the transition process is to succeed, it must be inclusive, transparent and framed in the national interest.”