The African Union has adopted a resolution calling for a government of
national unity in Zimbabwe following the widely condemned re-election
of President Robert Mugabe.
A.U. leaders meeting behind closed doors at a summit in Egypt also
called for continued mediation between Zimbabwe's government and
The measure was approved Tuesday after Botswana released a tough
statement which called for Zimbabwe to be excluded from meetings of the
African Union and the Southern African Development Community.
Botswana's vice president Mompati Merafhe said Zimbabwe's run-off election last week did not confer legitimacy on the government of President Mugabe.
Diplomats at the closed meeting say the leaders of Nigeria, Liberia and
Sierra Leone also spoke in strong terms about the election's lack of
An Egyptian spokesman Hossam Zaki said President Mugabe
made a lengthy address during the meeting and lashed out at some
African countries who spoke out against him.
Earlier Tuesday, leadership from both the opposition Movement for
Democratic Change and the ruling ZANU-PF party indicated they were not
interested in further political negotiation.
In a statement from the capital, Harare, Tuesday, MDC Secretary-General
Tendai Biti says the sham election of June 27th ended any prospects for
a negotiated settlement to Zimbabwe's political crisis.
Speaking at the AU summit, Zimbabwe presidential spokesman George
Charamba dismissed calls for an Kenya-style shared government, saying
Kenya is Kenya and Zimbabwe is Zimbabwe, and the two nations have
different ways of resolving conflict.
Western leaders and the United Nations have rejected the results of
Zimbabwe's presidential run-off election, saying it was neither free
nor fair. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dropped out of the race
in the run-up to the vote because of violence against his supporters.
Zimbabwe was not scheduled to be the focus of the two-day African Union
summit, but the run-off controversy has dominated conversation among