Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, February 24, 2003

Just so you know how 'non-aligned' the Non Aligned Movement is.

A resolution will call for the lifting of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe a year ago by Australia, the United States, Britain and other countries after violence in the run-up to Mugabe's re-election, according to a draft seen by AFP. It also calls for international support for Mugabe's widely criticised land reform program, under which thousands of white Zimbabweans have been driven off their farms. The resolution expresses "deep concern at the grave humanitarian situation" in Zimbabwe, which it attributes to drought. Mugabe's critics say his land reforms are largely responsible for what the NAM admits is a looming "human catastrophe".

The NAM resolution calls for urgent assistance to Zimbabwe and criticises the International Monetary Fund and World Bank for withdrawing financial support.

An African diplomat said the draft had been accepted without debate at a summit dominated by the threat of war against Iraq, which is also a member of the organisation of developing countries.

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