Saturday, April 26, 2008


Mr Brown backed a moratorium on the supply of arms to Zimbabwe.
The prime minister has called on the international community to speak up against the "climate of fear" in Zimbabwe following disputed elections.
Gordon Brown condemned attacks against opposition activists and said he would press for a UN investigation into violence and human rights abuses.
Mr Brown spoke as Zimbabwe's electoral commission released more results from the recount of the parliamentary poll.
They confirmed seven seats had been retained by opposition parties.
In a statement, Mr Brown said the coming days would be "critical" to resolving the situation in Zimbabwe.
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says its activists have been abducted, tortured and assaulted around the country - and at least 10 killed - since the elections.
But the police and governing Zanu-PF party deny that anyone has died in political violence.
Mr Brown said: "I am concerned by the worsening violence in Zimbabwe and the arrest of over 200 opposition figures.
"I condemn the violence against those who voted for change. Their voices must be heard.

Morgan Tsvangirai says his party won the election outright.
"The whole international community must speak up against the climate of fear in Zimbabwe."
The prime minister said he would use a United Nations Security Council meeting on Tuesday to press for a dedicated mission to investigate the treatment of President Robert Mugabe's opponents.

Mr Brown said Britain was backing a moratorium on the supply of arms to Zimbabwe until a democratic government is in place.
And, if a fresh vote was to be held, he vowed that the international community would insist on international monitors being present.
The MDC says its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, won the election outright, but Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF says there is likely to be a run-off as no candidate gained more than 50% of the vote.
Mr Brown said. "We, and others, stand ready to help rebuild Zimbabwe once democracy returns. I pledge that Britain will be in the vanguard of this effort."
Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats have written to Cabinet Secretary Gus O'Donnell calling for Mr Mugabe to be stripped of the honorary knighthood he was given in 1994.
Foreign affairs spokesman Edward Davey said: "We must revoke this honour, not only for the integrity of our own honours system, but also to send the message that the British people will stand shoulder to shoulder with the Zimbabwean people."
A cross-party group of 19 MPs have also signed a Commons motion calling for the removal of the knighthood.



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