SADC STATEMENT ON THE UNFOLDING EVENTS IN THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE BY H.E. JACOB ZUMA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA AND CHAIRPERSON OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY (SADC)
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) notes with great concern the unfolding political situation in the Republic of Zimbabwe.
SADC calls for calm and restraint, and expresses hope that developments in Zimbabwe would not lead to unconstitutional changes of Government, as that would be contrary to both SADC and African Union principles.
SADC urges the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe, and the Zimbabwe Defence Force to resolve the political impasse amicably, and further urges the Zimbabwean Defence Force to ensure that the maintenance of peace and security in the country is not compromised.
SADC will continue to closely monitor the situation, and remains ready to assist where necessary to resolve the political impasse in keeping with established SADC Protocols and processes.
Issued on the 15th November 2017
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