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Russia, China veto UN sanctions on Zimbabwe regime

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Kokolo, Jul 12, 2008.

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    Kokolo JF-Expert Member

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    UNITED NATIONS - Russia and China vetoed proposed sanctions on Zimbabwe's leaders Friday, rejecting U.S. efforts to step up punitive measures against the authoritarian regime after a widely discredited presidential election.

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    Western powers mustered nine votes, the minimum needed to gain approval in the 15-nation council. But the resolution pushed by the Bush administration failed because of the action by two of the five veto-wielding permanent members.

    The other three states with veto power — the U.S., Britain and France — argued that sanctions were needed to respond to the state-sanctioned violence and intimidation against opponents of President Robert Mugabe before and after Zimbabwe's recent presidential election.

    The proposal would have imposed an international travel ban and freeze on personal assets of Mugabe and 13 key officials.

    Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said sanctions would have taken the U.N. beyond its mandate in trying to punish political disputes by "artificially elevating them to the level of a threat" to international peace and security.

    Chinese Ambassador Wang Guangya, whose nation is one of Zimbabwe's major trading partners, also expressed fears of nation-tinkering and said Zimbabwe was should be left to conduct its own talks on how to resolve its political crisis.

    "The development of the situation in Zimbabwe until now has not exceeded the context of domestic affairs," Wang said. "It will unavoidably interfere with the negotiation process."

    South Africa, a Zimbabwe neighbor that holds one of the council's non-permanent seats, led the opposition to the sanctions, arguing that Zimbabwe is not a threat to international peace.

    Supporters of the resolution had counted Burkina Faso's Ambassador Michel Kafando as the crucial swing vote. "As a means of exerting pressure, it could help," he said of the sanctions resolution before the vote.

    U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad expressed disappointment and said he found it "disturbing" that China joined with Russia.

    In London, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband criticized the veto, saying that "it will appear incomprehensible to the people of Zimbabwe."

    The action put an end for now to efforts to apply more international pressure on Mugabe's regime and force it to share power with the opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.

    Both sides say they are willing to share power, if only during a transition to new elections, but differ on who should lead it. The long-ruling ZANU-PF party wants Mugabe at the head, something the opposition and Mugabe's critics in the West have rejected.
     
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    Mr Kiroboto JF-Expert Member

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    as long as bush na brown wanavyochukia china na russia,naona ndio watazidi
     
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    Zimbabwe sanctions vetoed at UN
    BBC News Online

    The resolution called for sanctions on Mugabe and 13 other officials
    A draft resolution to impose sanctions on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and a number of his key allies has been vetoed at the UN Security Council.

    China and Russia both rejected the proposed measures, including a freeze on their financial assets and travel.

    There has been growing international criticism of Zimbabwe since the re-election of Mr Mugabe in a run-off boycotted by the opposition.

    The UK foreign secretary called China and Russia's stance "incomprehensible".

    David Miliband said Russia used its veto despite a promise by President Dmitry Medvedev to support the resolution, when it was discussed at this week's summit of the G-8 group of industrialised nations.

    The US ambassador to the UN, Zalmay Khalilzad, said Russia's veto raised "questions about its reliability as a G8 partner".

    A BBC correspondent at the UN says the failure of the resolution is a major blow for the United States and Britain.

    The UK ambassador said after the vote that the UN had failed in its duty.

    "The people of Zimbabwe need to be given hope that there is an end in sight to their suffering," said Sir John Sawers. "The Security Council today has failed to offer them that hope."

    However, Russia's ambassador Vitaly Churkin said sanctions would have taken the UN beyond its mandate.

    Zimbabwe's ambassador told the BBC the vote should that "reason has prevailed".

    "People have been able to see the machinations of Washington, London and France," said Boniface Chidyausiku.

    South Africa voted against the sanctions resolution. It has promoted a power-sharing arrangement between President Mugabe and the opposition.

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    The resolution would have imposed an arms embargo on Zimbabwe and financial and travel restrictions on President Mugabe and 13 of his top officials.

    Mugabe survives despite pressure

    It also called for a UN special envoy for Zimbabwe to be appointed.

    The resolution had the support of nine council members, the minimum required to pass in the 15-member council.

    But the veto of any of the five permanent members is enough to defeat a resolution, and both China and Russia voted against.

    Zimbabwe has become a matter of increasing international concern, as violence increased after disputed presidential elections.

    The leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, Morgan Tsvangirai, won the first round of Zimbabwe's presidential elections on 29 March, but official results gave him less than the 50% share needed to avoid a run-off.

    He pulled out of the run-off poll after many of his supporters were targeted, assaulted and even killed, leaving Mr Mugabe to win unopposed in the second round at the end of June.

    Since March, the opposition says 113 of its supporters have been killed, some 5,000 are missing and more than 200,000 have been forced from their homes.
     
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    haijalishi kila mtu anaangalia maslahi yake na hilo ndilo lilokuwa mbele na sio kuijali zimbabwe
     
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    Mahesabu JF-Expert Member

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    Asanteni Urusi Na Uchina, Kwani Ninyi Mnabaki Wakombozi Wa Kweli Wa Afrika...!
    Hili Tumeliona Toka Sixties (1960's)
     
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    China hapo wanachong'ang'ania ni ile biashara ya silaha wanayofanya na zimbabwe..sanction zikiwekwa ina maana na biashara ya silaha inasimamishwa automatically.
     
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    Koba JF-Expert Member

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    ..who cares? maslahi ya wakubwa tuu hapo!
     
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    Nakubaliana na wewe.Hata hizo nchi zinazong'ang'ania sanctions sio kweli kwamba zinawapenda wazimbabwe,ni kwa ajili ya maslahi binafsi.
    Kwa upande wa 'Mugabe inakuwa vita ya panzi furaha ya kunguru'.
    Pale UN ilikuwa ni sawa na mbwa wanaogombea mfupa ambao wamegawanyika kwenye makundi yanayoitwa 'Allies'.
     
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    Richard JF-Expert Member

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    Inabaki pale pale kwamba hii ni Scramble for partition kwa Afrika, lakini ni vizuri kwa balance of power kwa mataifa tajiri barani Afrika.

    Cha msingi ni kwamba kama hata Tanzania imeamua kuwafuata wachina kwa msingi wa kwamba hakuna "any string attached" katika misaada yao (tumeona wamejenga uwanja wa taifa) basi inaeleweka kwanini kumekuwepo veto yao kwa Zimbabwe.

    Pamoja na misaada mingine china amemuahidi Mugabe kulima mazao mbalimbali katika mashamba ambayo amewanyang'anya waingereza.
     
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    Doug,you are mistaken tena hawa Urusi na China ndio wabaya kabisa waogope na uwaone kama ukoma.Wakombozi?hapa kila mtu anajua analotaka nadhani umesahau ni juzi tuu hapa ambapo China iliwauzia Zimbabwe silaha ambazo zingeteketeza maisha ya Waafrika wenzako.Hawa hawa China wamejaa tele huko Darfur blocking every possible sanctions ili waendelee kuvuna mafuta.Hapa hamna mwenye ahueni.Afrika haina rafiki if we dont stand together tutaishia kupigana wenyewe kwa wenyewe halafu wao ndio wauzaji wa silaha sisi tunafanya maangamizi.
    Rwanda the same things France had an hand in all this and mind you all these West African countries zilizokuwa na vita lazima kuna two or more major powers with conflicting interests.Usimasahau huyu Mrusi Victor Bout ambaye alikuwa msambazi mzuri wa silaha na ambaye masaidizi wake mkuu alikuwa nasema 'call me and I will deliver him to you in an hour anywhere in the world'.Huyu mtu alifanya kazi zake kwa msaada wa Urusi alisambaza silaha dunia nzima mpaka Tanzania ilishawahi kuwa mteja wake kipindi fulani.Sasa hawa watu hata wakiblock kila mtu anajulikana ana lake kwa hiyo hamna cha afadhali.
     
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    Mfwatiliaji, unaweza kutusaidia kujua ni waafrika wangapi wako Urusi na China!
     
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