Foreign countries are after the demolishment of peace in Tz

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Foreign countries are after the demolishment of peace in Tz

Postby Ustaz Hussein » 01 Nov 2009, 21:13

THERE is no harm for ambassadors or their offices to cooperate or support opposition political parties as long as their ultimate intention is not to remove a ruling party from power.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Bernard Membe, said in Parliament today that foreign missions could cooperate with political parties but with consideration of their responsibilities as stipulated by the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations of 1961, which guides their work.

Mr Membe said that all foreign diplomats were guided by the Vienna Convention which stipulates the rights, immunity, and responsibilities of ambassadors and foreign missions when at their stations.

The minister was responding to a question from MP Kheri Khatib Ameir (Matemwe-CCM) who claimed that it had become common practice for some ambassadors and high commissioners to be close to opposition parties when national elections approach.

Mr Ameir wanted to know whether it would not compromise the independence and security of the country. Mr Membe observed that the international convention, which also guides Tanzania's foreign missions while on duty in their countries, cautions them against using their rights and immunity irresponsibly.

"Without affecting their rights and immunity, it is the responsibility of all those with such privileges to respect the laws and traditions of the country. They also hold the responsibility of not interfering with internal issues of those countries", he noted, quoting from the convention.

For foreign diplomats to support parties with the aim of frustrating or antagonizing a sitting government would translate into interference with internal matters and would warrant a declaration of 'persona non grata' for anyone implicated.

Article 9 of the convention provides for the government to do so without giving reasons for expelling a diplomat, he told the legislators.

He said interference from foreign countries can compromise the independence and security of countries noting that it was important to develop internal economies to avoid such eventualities.

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