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Mugabe, Darfur Discord Disrupts Summit Meeting

European and African nations agreed on some free trade issues at their summit meeting, but conflicting ideas on how to handle the brutal regime of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe and the Darfur genocide overshadowed other issues. The European Union is increasingly concerned over inroads being made by China which is establishing economic ties with many African nations. It was hoped this first meeting between member states of both continents could herald the birth of new partnership that would head off the Chinese influence. Instead, the anger over allowing Mugabe to attend despite his horrific record in ruining his nation’s economy and brutal treatment of those opposing him led to a boycott by English Prime Minister Brown and continual discussions at the sessions about Mugabe. The ongoing crisis in Darfur also aroused anger among many European nations who believe Africa is failing to rise to the challenge of policing its own members when they engage in genocidal actions.

The coming years will witness the rise of China as a dominant trading and economic power in Africa. The Chinese government always places economic considerations as their highest priority and will never get bogged down over extraneous issues such as human rights.

No Time For Darfur At EU-African Summit

Most leaders of European countries and members of the Africa Union met to discuss important issues impacting the continent of Africa, but for some surprising reason, there simply wasn’t enough time available to discuss such minor issues as the genocide occurring in Darfur or the brutal regime of Mugabe who has plunged Zimbabwe into
complete chaos and stagnation. Forty MPs from across Europe and Africa published an open letter saying “they were surprised and disappointed to note that at a two-day summit of the leaders of two continents there will be no time alloted to discuss the continuing crisis in Darfur that has claimed over 200,000 lives.” A coalition of 50 human rights groups from Europe and Africa also protested the summit for turning its back on human suffering on the continent of Africa. They also supported the action of Prime Minister Brown of England who refused to attend if Mugabe was allowed to participate in the summit meeting.

Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission rejected Brown’s complaint on the ground “if you are an international leader then you are going to have to be prepared to meet some people your mother would not like you to meet.” Sarcasm has a place, but not when it brushes off the suffering of millions of people in Zimbabwe. The attendance of Mugabe at the summit meeting will be used by him as justification for his policies. That is the issue.

EU Promises Tough Talk To Mugabe

The African-European Union Summit meeting next month is still wracked with arguments from many EU members who are opposed to the presence of Robert Mugabe, leader of Zimbabwe. He is accused of gross violations of human rights, of destroying his nation’s economy, and hostility toward those who oppose him. According to a spokesperson for Prime Minister Gordon Brown of England, “the message from the prime minister is clear, neither he nor any senior official will attend if Mugabe does.” EU leaders have promised to make clear to Mugabe their concern over violations of human rights. Zimbabwe has an inflation rate of about 15,000% and its economy is in ruin after Mugabe drove out productive white farmers and gave their land to his cronies who had no interest or experience in farming. About 75% of people are unemployed and at least a million have left the country seeking work elsewhere. Mugabe insists he has done nothing wrong and all problems stem from western hostility. Perhaps, he could explain why opponents are beaten or denied access to food supplies brought in by outside relief agencies?