[Marxism] Prensa Latina reports on Zimbabwe Crisis

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Tue Jul 1 11:44:35 MDT 2008

Zimbabwe Crisis at AU Summit
By Ulises Canales

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) The 11th Summit of the
African Union (AU) focused Tuesday final debates to the political
crisis gripping Zimbabwe, so far reluctant to obey Western pressures
to condemn the Harare government.

Without hiding strong divergences, African leaders ended issues
initially included in the meeting's agenda and focused on the 
complex situation between United States and the European Union.

According to diplomatic sources consulted by Prensa Latina, there
will be a statement at the end of today's morning session on the
dispute in the southern nation, apparently exhorting dialogue.

According to criteria by hundreds of reporters in this city, the
summit could produce criticism of the Zimbabwe government, but not
accusations or sanctions against President Robert Mugabe.

At the beginning of the event's top segment Monday, heads of state
and government received their Zimbabwean counterpart in the Maritim
Sharm El Sheik International Congress Center, who ignoring insistent
warnings of attack.

AU Commission president Jean Ping discarded that silence on this
issue will lacerate the organization's credibility, and advocated for
a united African mandate to satisfactorily solve all affairs.

Gabon 's President Omar Bongo told journalists Monday that Africans
are capable of deciding by themselves and discredited attacks by UN
representatives and sanctions by Washington and London.

AU Peace and Security commissioner Algerian Ramtan Lamamra slammed
punishments, saying sanctions are not the best tool of modern

Mugabe was sworn in again as president on Sunday, after winning the
June 27 elections, from which Morgan Tsvangirai, opposition candidate
from the Movement for Democratic Change, withdrew.

The 11th AU Summit ends today, after a week of sessions at the level
of experts, permanent representatives and foreign ministers, in which
document of vital importance for the integral development of Africa
have been analyzed.


Zimbabwean Govt Favors Dialogue

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, July 1 (Prensa Latina) Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe is willing to meet with opposition leader Morgan
Tsvangirai, but he rejected any foreign interference, the president's
spokesman, George Charamba, said here on Tuesday.

Charamba told reporters at the 11th African Union Summit, being held
in this Egyptian coastal resort, that the Zimbabwean government is
willing to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

He noted that dialogue must be "free of foreign interference" and
slammed Great Britain for criticizing President Mugabe and his party,
in an attempt to revive the former metropolis's treatment during the
colonial period.

My country is sovereign and independent (since 1980), said Charamba,
who declined to say whether Mugabe is willing to share power with
Tsvangirai, although he made it clear that the president has to sit
at the negotiating table first.

"Kenya is Kenya and Zimbabwe is Zimbabwe," the spokesman said, ruling
out that the same formula implemented in Kenya, which was also hit by
postelection violence early this year, has to be implemented in
Zimbabwe as well.

He admitted that there were outbreaks of violence promoted by
followers of Tsvangirai's Democratic Change Movement (DCM) and the
governing Zimbabwean African National Unity-Patriotic Front

In any case, those violent expressions were encouraged by foreign
forces interested in destabilizing the Zimbabwean government, added
Charamba, who called on Great Britain and the rest of the western
world to keep their hands off Zimbabwe.

Charamba criticized the motions of condemnation approved by the UN
Security Council and rejected Washington's announced sanctions,
because the heart of the matter is to try to overthrow Mugabe.


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