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.