July 1, 2008 |
The United States began rallying the U.N. Security Council on Monday to impose sanctions on President Robert Mugabe and his close supporters if he doesn't reconsider his disputed claim on Zimbabwe's highest office. The U.S. circulated a draft resolution asking the Security Council to reject Mugabe's claim of victory in the election Friday in which he was the sole candidate, to freeze the assets and bar travel of officials responsible for election violence, and to halt arms shipments to Zimbabwe.
June 24, 2008
'Only God will remove me." With this public vow, Zimbabwe's strongman president, Robert Mugabe, officially ended the campaign for the presidential runoff election that is to be held on Friday. The campaign had already turned brutal, with Mugabe's thugs making nightly visits to opposition supporters, beating them, arresting them and forcing tens of thousands of people out of their homes. At least 85 opposition figures have reportedly been killed. Still, other African leaders -- notably Mugabe's chief enabler, South African President Thabo Mbeki -- looked the other way. But when Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 28 years, announces that only God and not mere voters will remove him from office, why bother with an election?
April 17, 2008 |
Top diplomats at a special Security Council session on Africa on Wednesday pressed Zimbabwe's president to solve the country's election crisis, with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown charging that "no one" thinks President Robert Mugabe has won. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Mugabe to release the final results of the March 29 election that may topple the 84-year-old ruler, warning that the situation in Zimbabwe could seriously deteriorate.
January 11, 2008 |
Efforts to resolve Kenya's disputed presidential election faltered Thursday as diplomats from the United States and African Union left the country without forging an agreement. As he departed, African Union Chairman John Kufuor, who is president of Ghana, said both sides had agreed to a new round of talks under the stewardship of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Annan will lead a panel of African experts expected to convene soon in Kenya.
January 11, 2008 |
Efforts to resolve Kenya's disputed presidential election faltered Thursday as diplomats from the United States and African Union left the country without forging an agreement. As he departed, African Union Chairman John Kufuor, who is president of Ghana, said both sides had agreed to a new round of talks under the stewardship of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Annan will lead a panel of African experts expected to convene soon in Kenya. But the prospects appeared dim as Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and his challenger, Raila Odinga, who have refused to meet, blamed each other for the collapse of talks supervised by the African Union.
January 10, 2008 |
As the head of the African Union met with Kenya's political rivals here Wednesday to try to get them talking, opposition supporters waited tensely on the streets for news and warned of more violence if President Mwai Kibaki stays in power. John Kufuor, the AU chairman and Ghana's president, met separately with Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga, trying to help steer them toward a political resolution to end tribal violence that followed their disputed presidential contest.
October 7, 2007 |
The Sept. 29 killing of 10 African Union peacekeepers in south Darfur by a splinter faction of one of the main anti-Sudanese government insurgent groups was shocking -- but especially so to those who have only followed the Darfur tragedy through the lens of activist, pro-interventionist groups such as Save Darfur or institutions such as the U.S. Holocaust Museum, which label the crisis a genocide.
October 1, 2007 |
Armed men killed at least 10 African Union soldiers and seriously wounded seven others in the deadliest strike against peacekeeping troops in Darfur since they deployed in 2004. A faction of Darfur rebels was believed responsible for the assault, which began shortly after sunset Saturday. Rebel groups had been fighting Sudanese government troops nearby in recent days. But AU officials said they could not comment on the suspected identity of the gunmen until a formal investigation was concluded.
August 13, 2007 |
The head of the African Union said that non-African troops would not be needed for a Darfur peacekeeping force because countries on the continent had committed enough soldiers. The Sudanese government opposes non-Africans playing a major role in a U.N.-African Union operation that will be made up of 20,000 peacekeepers and 6,000 civilian police.
July 4, 2007 |
African leaders have pledged to speed up the economic and political integration of their continent to pursue the goal of a United States of Africa, but they also agreed to take six more months to study the implications and timing of the proposed creation of a federated African state stretching from the Cape to Cairo. The decision, announced close to midnight Tuesday, came after three days of often heated debate at an African Union summit in Accra, the Ghanaian capital.