09-26-2008, 09:35 AM
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Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe accuses Britain of genocide in UN
Quote:Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has used an address to the United Nations general assembly to accuse Britain and America of genocide.
In an angry diatribe delivered to the assembly hall, the veteran African leader brushed off accusations he has badly damaged his country and blamed Western countries for Zimbabwe's problems.
"By the way, those who falsely accuse us of these violations are themselves international perpetrators of genocide, acts of aggression and mass destruction," Mr Mugabe said in his speech.
"The masses of innocent men, women and children who have perished in their thousands in Iraq surely demand retribution and vengeance. Who shall heed their cry?"
Mr Mugabe demanded that the sanctions imposed on his country by Britain and America - which he says destroyed the country's economy - should be lifted.
"Once again, I appeal to the world's collective conscience to apply pressure for the immediate removal of these sanctions by Britain, the United States and their allies, which have brought untold suffering to our people," he said.
The sanctions, designed to press Mr Mugabe into making his country more democratic, were tightened after disputed elections earlier this year.
Power sharing talks between him and the country's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai still hang in the balance amid disagreements in appointing key cabinet members.
The talks were brokered by the outgoing South African president Thabo Mbeki, who was forced to resign early this week and left office yesterday.
Mr Mugabe praised the South African leader, who was sometimes criticised for taking too soft a line on human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.
"His patience, fortitude, sensitivity, diplomatic skills and painstaking work made it possible for the Zimbabwean parties to overcome what had appeared to be insurmountable and intractable difficulties to reaching agreement," Mr Mugabe told the assembly hall.
Zimbabwe's economy has collapsed over the past decade since land redistribution policies disrupted farming - the country's largest economic sector.
In an earlier interview, Mr Mugabe dismissed suggestions that he should allow human rights monitors into the country. "Let them keep out," he said, laughing.
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