Zimbabwe: Diplomats have nothing to apologize for after walk-out on Mugabe

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
04 August 2010

The United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Charles Ray, has made it clear he has nothing to apologize for, after he and two other western diplomats walked out after Mugabe’s bizarre speech on Sunday.
The ZANU PF leader used the burial of his sister Sabina at the National Heroes Acre in Harare to tell western countries they could ‘go to hell’ over what he claimed was their interference in deciding who should lead the country. Ambassador Ray, German ambassador Albrecht Conze and the European Union’s charge d’affaires, Barbara Plinkert, walked out in protest soon after the speech.

On Tuesday Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said the ‘walk out’ was ‘unacceptable’ and he had summoned the ambassadors to demand an apology. He claimed their conduct was ‘very disrespectful to our national heroes’ shrine, the heroine who was being honoured and [continue reading]

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