EU Threatens Zimbabwe With Further Sanctions Over Political ViolenceBy VOA News
20 June 2008
The European Union is expected to threaten further sanctions on those deemed responsible for political violence in Zimbabwe, ahead of a key presidential run-off election.
A draft statement by EU leaders meeting in Brussels reiterates the need for the June 27 runoff between opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and incumbent Robert Mugabe to be peaceful, free and fair.
Thursday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told an informal meeting of the U.N. Security Council that President Mugabe has given up any pretense the vote will be allowed to proceed freely.
Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change says about 70 of its supporters have been killed in what it describes as a campaign of violence before the poll. The president and ruling party deny responsibility for the unrest.
African leaders are also expressing strong doubts about the election and concern about politically-motivated violence that has left dozens of Zimbabweans dead and hundreds more injured.