Jacques Chirac tar i mot Zimbabwes diktator Robert Mugabe i Paris neste uke, skriver AFP. Til beste for menneskerettighetene og rettssamfunnet i Zimbabwe.
«Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is expected next week to score a diplomatic victory against many Western nations when he visits France, two days after the renewal of European Union sanctions against him.
The trip comes as sub-Saharan Africa’s most influential nations Nigeria and South Africa have thrown their weight behind Mugabe, recommending lifting Zimbabwe’s suspension from the Commonwealth political council……EU ambassadors have agreed to renew sanctions against Zimbabwe — including a ban on travel to EU states by the country’s leadership — for another 12 months beyond their expiry on February 18. But the envoys also agreed on a waiver for Mugabe to attend the summit in Paris, after French leader Jacques Chirac sought a concession for an exemption on Mugabe, citing the need for face-to-face dialogue.
This invitation infuriated Britain, the United States and several European countries.
Britain’s Europe minister, Denis MacShane, said «it would be a shame for it (the Franco-African summit) to be dominated by the presence of Mugabe and his small clan of thieves». Zimbabwe’s 2_kommentar opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has described France’s invitation to Mugabe as «a tragedy» which «amounts to a recognition and support of Mugabe’s gruesome record at home».
The United States said the invitation was «regrettable».
France, already embroiled in a dispute with Washington and London over Iraq, has justified its Zimbabwe stance by arguing that Mugabe’s presence would help promote democracy, rule of law and human rights in his troubled southern African country.»