Mogae, Kohler differ on Zim

BOTSWANA President Festus Mogae and his German counterpart Horst Kohler, who is on a state visit, have differed sharply on issues relating to the situation in Zimbabwe.

Addressing a joint media conference yesterday at the end of a three-day state visit to Botswana by Kohl

er, Mogae warned that boycotts or the imposition of sanctions against Zimbabwe will not resolve the problems.

Kohler said the current situation in Zimbabwe is directly responsible for the slow economic development of the region. Kohler’s visit to Botswana was aimed at strengthening his country’s links with the Sadc region.

Kohler said he was in agreement that the “situation in Zimbabwe was an obstacle to get more progress in the fight against poverty in southern Africa”. Mogae said although he agreed that there were problems in Zimbabwe, the Americans and Europeans had to  make a concerted effort to engage with Zimbabwe by listening to their side of the story.

 “You are boycotting them and you are imposing sanctions on them, how can you talk when you don’t allow them to come to Europe to talk, or you go to Zimbabwe to talk to them?” said Mogae. — SABC/Staff Writer.

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