World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Zimbabwe: Sham Election, Illegitimate Inauguration

Press Statement
Tom Casey, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 29, 2008

Crisis in Zimbabwe

The Government of Zimbabwe has followed a sham election with an illegitimate inauguration. As the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika and election observer mission, as well as many African leaders have already said, any outcome from this illegitimate runoff cannot be considered credible. We condemn the actions of the Mugabe regime, which continues to reject the will of the Zimbabwean people, abuse their human rights, and deny them humanitarian assistance.

As the nations of Africa gather in Egypt for the African Union (AU) Summit, the United States calls upon all members of the AU to reject the June 27 election, to denounce Robert Mugabe's inauguration, to support a joint AU/United Nations/SADC negotiating team that will work toward a resolution of the political crisis that reflects the will of the people as expressed on March 29. We also call upon SADC and UN Security Council to work closely with the AU to help the parties in Zimbabwe agree on a peaceful way forward.

As President Bush stated yesterday, the United States will support a legitimate, democratically elected government of Zimbabwe with assistance in the form of debt relief, normalization of relations with international financial institutions, and development assistance. In the meantime, the United States will not abandon the people of Zimbabwe. We will continue to provide direct humanitarian assistance to feed more than one million people and provide treatment to more than 40,000 needy patients.

Released on June 29, 2008


Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives | RSS

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC