Zimbabwe President reiterates call for lifting of "illegal" sanctions

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Robert Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. UN Photo/Cia Pak

The President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has reiterated his call for the lifting of "illegal" sanctions against his country.

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly he said the sanctions were being used as a "foreign policy tool" to achieve "regime change."

President Mugabe said the sanctions must be removed.

"Why, I ask, should Zimbabweans continue to suffer under the American and European yoke of unjustified and unwarranted illegal sanctions. These evil sanctions violate the fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter and should be condemned by the international community. We once again call for their immediate and unconditional removal."  32″

The United States and the European Union have various restraints on business ties with the southern African country, as well as travel restrictions on some government officials.

Ninety-year old President Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration: 1'13"

 

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