ZIlle on Zim: Appeal to SA’s ambassador to UN

2008-04-10 00:00

Cape Town — DA leader Helen Zille was set to meet with the SA ambassador to the United Nations, Dumisani Kumalo, in New York yesterday in a bid to lobby for South Africa to use its position as rotational president of the United Nation Security Council to put the prevention of conflict in Zimbabwe on the UN’s agenda.

“A clear position on Zimbabwe from the UN, requiring Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to accept the outcome of an election he tried but failed to rig, is essential to the security of the whole African sub-continent,” Zille said in an interview before her meeting.

The DA leader said she will motivate for, in particular, the establishment of a UN field mission to Zimbabwe, under the auspices of the UN Political Affairs Department, to prevent the escalation of conflict.

The security council should also consider a possible African Union-led intervention, in line with the AU’s objective to “anticipate and prevent conflicts” and the despatching of a UN peacekeeping force to Zimbabwe if full-blown conflict erupts, Zille said.

“There are legitimate fears that Mugabe is preparing a bloody intimidation campaign … The MDC have already pleaded for international intervention before there are dead bodies on the streets of Harare.”

The ACDP joined the call on leaders to take action on Zimbabwe. The IFP’s Ben Skosana called for calm while the electoral deadlock is resolved.

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