Situation in Zimbabwe
Paris, June 22, 2008
President Sarkozy respects Mr Morgan Tsvangirai’s decision not to stand in the second round of the presidential election in Zimbabwe.
President Sarkozy holds responsible the Zimbabwean authorities who have deliberately chosen the path of violence to gag the people of Zimbabwe and prevent them from freely expressing their views at the ballot box.
Like Africa and the Africans, he condemns the campaign of violence and sheer brutality President Mugabe’s regime has perpetrated against Mr Tsvangirai, opposition supporters and the Zimbabwean people. These acts of violence are a flagrant violation of democracy and the rules laid down by the Charters of the African Union and the South African Development Community (SADC).
France will not accept any arrangement not strictly in conformity with the wishes of the people of Zimbabwe. They cannot express their views at the ballot box and in a free, fair, open and transparent poll. The one which will take place on Friday no longer answers their expectations.
With the European Union, France will consult the African Union and SADC. With her European Union partners, she is ready to take all necessary measures against those responsible for this election farce which will do considerable harm to the rooting of democracy in Africa./.