Saturday, September 20, 2008

Britain to help Zimbabwe only if there is 'genuine' power-sharing

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — British Ambassador to the UN John Sawers said Friday that London was ready to support Zimbabwe's recovery but only if "genuine" power-sharing is fully implemented.

"We are ready to support Zimbabwe's recovery ... but we clearly have to see a commitment that the tragic policies pursued in Zimbabwe in recent years have come to an end and that there is a genuine effort to share power with those who were elected in the March election," he told reporters.

He spoke after attending a UN Security Council briefing by UN troubleshooter Haile Menkerios, who monitored the South African-mediated talks in Harare that produced the power-sharing accord.

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