Thursday, July 10, 2008

Zimbabwe Faces UN Sanctions Vote

The United Nations Security Council could vote today on whether to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe.

Britain and America back the draft resolution, which would curtail the international travel and global business dealings of the controversial leader and 13 other members of his cabinet and security forces.

The document also includes an arms embargo on Zimbabwe and the appointment of a "panel of experts" to monitor developments there after violence and intimidation forced the withdrawal of the opposition leader in last month's second round presidential election.

The French ambassador to the UN told reporters the draft has the support of the majority of the Security Council's 15 members but there are still diplomatic hurdles to clear.

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