Pushing for New UN Sanctions Against Zimbabwe
(VOA) A U.S.
draft resolution is being circulated at the United Nations
that calls for new travel and financial sanctions against Zimbabwe’s
response to that nation’s political crisis.
A copy of
the draft resolution obtained by VOA calls for freezing the
assets and restricting the travel of President Robert Mugabe
and 11 other top Zimbabwe government officials. The proposed
resolution also seeks to expand an arms embargo against the
was plagued by violence in the weeks before last week’s presidential
run-off vote. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dropped out of the election
days before the vote, citing violence against his supporters.
went ahead with a one-man run-off election, and declared himself
the leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change,
won the March 29 presidential election, but failed to win enough
votes to avoid a second-round.
He is rejecting
an African Union resolution calling for the creation of a power-sharing
government in Zimbabwe.
In a statement
released from the capital Harare, Mr. Tsvangirai
said the resolution failed to acknowledge the MDC as the winner
of the March elections, and does not adequately deal with the
President Thabo Mbeki, who is mediating the political crisis
in Zimbabwe on behalf of the AU, is pushing for a power-sharing
deal between Mr. Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party and the MDC.
But the opposition
party has long criticized Mr. Mbeki as too soft on President
information minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu welcomed the resolution,
saying Mr. Mugabe is open to dialogue to solve the nation’s
problems, as he stated at his inauguration.