UN Security Council to be briefed on Zimbabwe Thursday

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
10 June 2008

The United Nations Security Council will be briefed on the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe on Thursday, but the discussion will not touch on the political environment. According to South Africa’s Foreign Affairs chief director for UN issues, Xolisa Mabhongo, it will be difficult for the discussion to focus on politics because this was not on the agenda. His remarks appeared to confirm reports that South Africa and Russia, who are members of the 15-member group, again blocked a wider briefing by the Security Council on the Zimbabwean crisis.

On Monday United States and European diplomats held consultations in which they sought to have the UN address the issue of their diplomats being attacked in Zimbabwe. Russia and South Africa argued the move would undermine a planned visit by UN Assistant Secretary General for political affairs Haile Menkerios, who is due to travel to Zimbabwe. It’s now the second time in 3 months that South Africa has blocked discussion on Zimbabwe in the Security Council. In April South Africa and China combined to block the placing of Zimbabwe on the agenda of the Council, despite unprecedented levels of violence engulfing the country.

Speaking from the Union Buildings in Pretoria, which [continue reading]



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