Zimbabwe: Mugabe `must go,` Sarkozy says

source: International Herald Tribune
By Stephen Castle
Published: December 8, 2008

BRUSSELS: With cholera spreading and the Zimbabwean economy in crisis, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France joined calls for the leader of Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe, to step down as the European Union extended its travel ban on government officials in Harare.

The move by Sarkozy, echoed by the EU foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, marked a significant increase in European pressure on a Zimbabwean leader who has so far proved immune to efforts to unseat him.

At a meeting in Brussels, Bernard Kouchner, the foreign minister of France, which holds the EU presidency, said that 11 more Zimbabwean officials had been added to the EU visa-ban list that already includes the president. The total on the list now stands at 160 officials, Kouchner said. An EU spokesman later put the new total at 178.

“President Mugabe must go,” Sarkozy said in Paris. “It is time to say to Mr. Mugabe: ‘You have taken your people hostage, the inhabitants of Zimbabwe have the right to freedom, security and respect.”‘

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