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China and Russia Veto Sanctions Resolution Against Zimbabwe

By VOA News
11 July 2008

Russia and China have vetoed a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution that would have imposed sanctions against Zimbabwe.

The U.S. sponsored draft resolution called for financial and travel restrictions against President Robert Mugabe and 13 others for violence leading up to last month's presidential vote.

China and Russia joined South Africa, Libya and Vietnam in opposing the draft Friday. Nine countries voted for the resolution, including permanent council members Britain, France and the United States. One nation, Indonesia, abstained.

Zimbabwe said in a letter to the United Nations this week that international sanctions against the government could lead to civil war in the country.

President Mugabe says he won another term as president last month, in a one-candidate run-off election after opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew. The opposition said state-sponsored violence had killed more than 100 people before the election.

Members of Zimbabwe's ruling and opposition parties completed a second day of talks in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday.

A team from Mr. Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change met with members of the ruling party to lay down conditions for negotiations.

More talks are expected, although no dates have been announced.

Tsvangirai is demanding an end to violence against his political supporters, the release of political prisoners, and a mediator to be appointed alongside South African President Thabo Mbeki.

Some information for this report provided by AFP,AP and Reuters.

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