The United States and the European Union should remove their “unilateral and illegal sanctions,” says Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as he berates them for trying to achieve “regime change” through sanctions in his country.
“These evil sanctions violate the fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter and should be condemned by the international community,” the 90-year-old Mugabe told world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
He called for “immediate and unconditional removal” of sanctions that the US and the EU imposed upon Zimbabwean state firms as well as the travel restrictions they imposed upon Mugabe and some of his associates following the elections in 2000.
“The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) helped to focus and mobilise global development efforts in order to ease progress into social sectors. added Mugabe.
“However, despite the significant achievements of the development goals, part of the unfinished business concerns the critical issue of poverty eradication, which remains the greatest global challenge.
“This issue should therefore top the priority and over-arching objective of the development agenda for the future.”
Mugabe, who is also Southern Africa Development Community chairperson, pledged the region’s support of a post-MDGs agenda