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France Rejects Mugabe

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Posted on Jun 30, 2008
Patrick Chappatte, NZZ am Sonntag

France’s foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, announced on Monday that his country would not recognize the government of Robert Mugabe. Kouchner, who co-founded the human rights organization Doctors Without Borders, dismissed Zimbabwe’s recent election as a “farce.”

France’s top diplomat was hopeful that other African nations would pressure Mugabe. To that end, the United Nations has called on African leaders to find a “negotiated solution” to the conflict in Zimbabwe.


AP via The International Herald Tribune:

France’s foreign minister says the re-election of Zimbabwe ruler Robert Mugabe is a “farce” and that France cannot accept it.

Bernard Kouchner says France has decided that the government is illegitimate. France takes over the European Union’s rotating six-month presidency on Tuesday.

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BBC:

UN Deputy Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro said this was the “moment of truth” for the African Union leaders.

Ms Migiro told the leaders of the 53-nation bloc: ” ... The secretary-general urges your excellencies to mobilise support for a negotiated solution.”

She added: “This is the single greatest challenge to regional stability in southern Africa.”

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By samosamo, June 30, 2008 at 11:35 am Link to this comment

Bernard Kouchner, big man with big balls. Why did you or your predecessor of the times, not do the same to w & dick’s 2000 and 2004 illegal placement into office? Huh?

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By Davy de Verteuil, June 30, 2008 at 7:16 am Link to this comment
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Strangling Zimbabwe for the last 4 years and not recognizing its government now dose not make a difference.
“Should an election be carried out when a country is under sanctions and it has been made clear to the electorate that the sanctions will be lifted only if the opposition party is elected? Should a political party which is the creation of, and is funded by, hostile foreign forces, and whose program is to unlatch the door from within to provide free entry to foreign powers to establish a neo-colonial rule, be allowed to freely operate? Should the leaders of an opposition movement that takes money from hostile foreign powers and who have made plain their intention to unseat the government by any means available, be charged with treason? These are the questions that now face (have long faced) the embattled government of Zimbabwe, and which it has answered in its own way, and which other governments, at other times, have answered in theirs.”

— Zimbabwe at War by Stephen Gowans

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