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Russia, China veto United Nations sanctions on Zimbabwe's dictator Mugabe

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Russia, China veto United Nations sanctions on Zimbabwe's dictator Mugabe
Russia, China veto UN sanctions on Zimbabwe

— China and Russia on Friday blocked a US draft resolution in the UN Security Council that would have slapped sanctions on Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe over his disputed re-election.

The Chinese and Russian envoys joined their colleagues from South Africa, Libya and Vietnam in opposing the draft which would have imposed an assets freeze and a travel ban on Mugabe and 13 of his cronies, as well as an arms embargo. Indonesia abstained.

It was the first double veto by Russia and China since January 2007 when they vetoed a draft resolution in the 15-member council that would have urged Burma to ease repression and release political prisoners.

Voting in favor in Friday's vote were the United States, Britain, France, Burkina Faso, Belgium, Costa Rica, Italy, Panama and Croatia.

The sponsors said the sanctions were needed to put pressure on Mugabe to stop the violence against his political foes and enhance prospects of democratic rule through a power sharing deal with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Opponents argued that passage of the text would undermine ongoing South African-mediated negotiations between Zimbabwe's ruling party and its opposition and would have run counter to the wishes of African Union leaders at their summit in Egypt earlier this month.

US's UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said he wad "disappointed by the Russian and Chinese vetoes.

The "U-turn" in the Russian position was particularly "disturbing" and raises questions about Moscow's "reliability as a G8 partner," he added.

Khalilzad said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev earlier this week supported a G8 statement at a summit in Japan that promised new actions, including targeted "financial measures" against Mugabe and his cronies.

French Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert told reporters that Friday's vote was "a failure for the Security Council."

"We think some sanctions should have been added to get the people responsible for the violence to change their attitude," he said. "We regret what has happened."
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Interesting how all these Communist/socialist nations have always been amongst the least progressive nations.

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Birds of a feather flock to gether and support each other.

Like in the movie "The Birds"

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Could this BE WHY????

News today:

Mugabe and Tsvangirai agree to talks on Zimbabwe

[link to www.news.com.au]

DEEP mistrust between President Robert Mugabe and arch rival Morgan Tsvangirai remains an obstacle to ending Zimbabwe's crisis, despite an agreement to sit down and talk.

At a ceremony in Harare yesterday Mr Mugabe and Mr Tsvangirai shook hands and said it was time to work together after one of the most bitter periods in the country's history.

"We sit here in order for us to chart a new way, a new way of political interaction," Mr Mugabe said.

"We must act now . . . as Zimbabweans, think as Zimbabweans and act as Zimbabweans."

Mr Tsvangirai, for his part, said it was time to put the "bitterness" behind him and said he was committed to finding a solution with his old rival.

"We are committed to ensuring that the process of negotiation becomes successful. We want a better Zimbabwe," he said.

The meeting was brokered by South African President Thabo Mbeki, who has been criticised for not acting strongly enough to help end the Zimbabwe crisis.

"It commits the negotiating parties to an intense program of work to try and finalise the negotiations as quickly as possible," Mr Mbeki said.

"All the Zimbabwean parties recognise the urgency of the matters they are discussing and all are committed to trying to complete this process as quickly as possible."

Commentators have said that the biggest sticking point in resolving a crisis over the disputed elections will be the reluctance of both men to accept a position seen as inferior to the other.

But comments by Mr Mugabe that there was an acceptance of a need to amend the former British colony's constitution will fuel speculation they may come to an agreement similar to one in Kenya, where a post-election dispute was resolved with the creation of a new post of prime minister.

"We agreed . . . that our constitution as it is should be amended variously," Mr Mugabe said.

The meeting between the two was their first since Mr Tsvangirai formed his Movement for Democratic Change in late 1999.

The former trade union leader has twice been charged with treason, and needed hospital treatment for head injuries last year after he was assaulted by members of the security forces ahead of an anti-government rally.

While there is a common sense of urgency for the two sides to bury their differences as Zimbabwe's economy lurches from bad to worse, observers say neither Mr Mugabe nor Mr Tsvangirai is about to give up his claim to be the country's rightful leader.

Mr Tsvangirai's refusal to refer to Mr Mugabe as president of anything more than his ZANU-PF party hardly boded well.

According to Joseph Kurebga, a political scientist at the University of Zimbabwe, the talks could proceed "very fast and to the satisfaction of all parties" - but only if and when the main sticking point is resolved.

"President Mugabe will want to be recognised legitimately, while Tsvangirai would also want to be recognised as the leader or winner of the elections."

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Mugabe threat to rule alone

29/08/2008 12:00:00 AM

Zimbabwe's veteran ruler, Robert Mugabe, would defy the opposition and form a new government despite the stalling of talks on power-sharing after contested polls, his deputy information minister said yesterday.
''Nothing is going to stop us from forming a new government,'' Bright Matonga told South African broadcaster SAFM, despite warnings by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change that this would scupper the talks.

Mr Matonga said, ''We need to move forward; we need to make sure that Zimbabwe regains its status; we need to work on the economy. People are suffering.

''That is the mandate that he [Mr Mugabe] was given by the SADC [Southern African Development Community regional bloc] and he is not going to stop forming that new cabinet. The MDC are not serious at all.''

Mr Matonga was responding to a statement by the secretary-general of the main opposition party, Tendai Biti, that Mr Mugabe, 84, would be violating a recent agreement between the ruling ZANU-PF party and the opposition as well as jeopardising power-sharing negotiations if he formed a government unilaterally.

The talks on creating a unity government aimed at ending a ruinous political crisis were suspended a little over two weeks ago.

Mr Biti said, ''You will be killing the talks. Once you form a government, forget about talks. It is a disaster and an act of insanity to think that Mugabe can go it alone.