Western sanctions hostility against Zim — Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe addressing the 68th United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York today. Pic: Reuters.
President Robert Mugabe addressing the 68th United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York today. Pic: Reuters.

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has attacked the United States, Britain and the European Union for the continued imposition of sanctions on Zimbabwe, which he said violated fundamental principles of the United Nations charter on state sovereignty and non-interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign state.

Mugabe told the 68th session of the United Nations general Assembly in New York that the sanctions continued to inflict economic deprivation and human suffering on Zimbabweans.

“In the eyes of our people, the sanctions constitute a form of hostility and violence against them for the simple crime of undertaking the land reform programme by which land was put in the hands of the then majority landless Zimbabweans,” he said.

“Our small and peaceful country is threatened daily by covetous and bigoted big powers whose hunger for domination and control of other nations and their resources knows no bounds. Shame, shame, shame to the United States of America. Shame shame shame to Britain and its allies.”

Mugabe added: “Please remove your illegal and filthy sanctions from my peaceful country. If these sanctions were intended to effect regime change, well, the results of the recent national elections have clearly shown you what they can do.”

He lashed out at the US for rejecting the July 31 election results, which Mugabe and his Zanu PF party won amidst opposition allegation of systematic rigging.

“Now, this malicious intent (to effect regime through the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act) to continue the relentless persecution of our small peaceful country has happened again through the USA’s rejection of the recent absolutely democratic and fair election results of our July 31st general elections, even as they were applauded by the African Union and all regional organisations,” he said.

On the reform of the UN Security Council, Mugabe said the council needed to be more representative, democratic, transparent, accountable and accessible to the wider membership for its decisions to have more legitimacy.

“The anachronistic and unrepresentative character of the security council must be redressed. For how long should Africa continue to be denied the right to play a pivotal role in the United Nations Security Council as it decides measures on conflicts within its own borders?” he asked.  – Staff Writer.