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UN should intervene in Zimbabwe, says opposition

Posted by African Press International on May 5, 2008

Publisher: Korir, africanpress@getmail.no source.apa

The South African Development Community (SADC) must make way for the United Nations to find a solution to the Zimbabwean political impasse, according to Patricia de Lille, the leader of South Africas opposition Independent Democrats (ID) party.

I dont have faith in SADC. The UN does not need the blessing of SADC to intervene in Zimbabwe, she told the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in a live broadcast on Friday.

She said there was a need for the UN, with the backing of the African Union, to help bring a solution to the crisis-ridden country.

Mbekis role as a mediator is questionable. His statement that there is no crisis in Zimbabwe is unforgivable, she added.

She berated the South African governments attempts to block the issue of Zimbabwe being placed before the UN Security Council.

The in-fighting in the ANC (African National Congress party) should not transfer to the UN, she added, accusing Mbeki and the SADC of being an old club not accountable to the people it supposedly represented.

On his part, the opposition Democratic Alliance partys foreign affairs spokesman, Tony Leon, said: South Africas resistance amounts to shameful hypocrisy.

After all, in the 70s and 80s, it was the same ANC which used the Security Council to bring pressure against apartheid South Africa, and explicitly rejected the White racist National Partys argument that in terms of the UN charter, apartheid was a domestic concern.

He added South Africas quiet diplomacy was nothing less than active support for the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe.

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