Zimbabwe: AU chair says Mugabe invite matter of principle

source: SABC News
November 17, 2007, 16:45

Africa’s insistence that Robert Mugabe be invited to a summit in Europe is a matter of principle and not a sign of support for the Zimbabwean leader or his government, the chairman of the African Union (AU) said yesterday.

The prospect that Mugabe, widely accused in the West of abusing human rights and suppressing political opposition, could attend a European Union-AU summit in Lisbon next month has threatened to derail the meeting.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said he will boycott the summit, the first to be held since 2000, if the 83-year-old Mugabe is invited. The 53-member AU, however, has held firm in its demand that Mugabe be allowed to attend.

“It’s a matter of principle,” AU chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare told reporters at [continue reading]



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