Merkel hopes for African leaders’ support on Zimbabwe sanctions
GERMANY: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that she hopes
African leaders will support tougher sanctions against Zimbabwe when
they participate at the upcoming Group of Eight summit.
Leaders including South African President Thabo Mbeki, whom
Zimbabwe’s opposition has accused of bias toward President Robert Mugabe,
and Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua have been invited to a meeting as
part of the summit in Japan, starting Monday.
Merkel told The Associated Press this week that the European Union
would seek “all possible sanctions” against Zimbabwe’s government and
leader in the wake of its widely denounced presidential election runoff.
She underlined that stance in her weekly video message, in which she
looked ahead to the G-8 summit.
Berlin, Sunday, AP