Thursday, July 05, 2007

SA insists on Mugabe invitation

Zimbabwe is falling apart while Mugabe fiddles:

South Africa and other African nations will insist that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe be allowed to attend a long-delayed summit between the European Union (EU) and Africa later this year, the government said on Thursday.

Mugabe and more than 100 other Zimbabwean officials are banned from travelling to EU nations under sanctions imposed in 2002, a restriction that threatens to derail an EU-Africa summit scheduled for December in Portugal.

The African Union has said its 53 members should decide who to send to the meeting.

"I think Africa will not move on its position of what constitutes the African delegation," South African Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad said at a news briefing in the capital Pretoria.

"Today, it is Zimbabwe [under pressure], tomorrow it could be us." Read More.

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