UN Security Council critical of Zimbabwe

UN Security Council critical of Zimbabwe

The United Nations Security Council has finally made clear its view on the crisis in Zimbabwe. And it does not make happy reading for President Robert Mugabe.

At the end of a long debate on Monday, the fifteen members, including former Mugabe allies such as China, South Africa and Libya issued a unanimously agreed statement that condemned his government for encouraging violence against the opposition.

Listen Listen to the statement (36 secs)

Boniface Chidyausiku, Zimbabwe's ambassador to the UN

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The US ambassador to the UN, Zalmay Khalilzad, said that the Security Council vote sent a strong message to Zimbabwe:

Listen Listen to Zalmay Khalilzad (16 secs)

How significant is it that the vote on the statement was unanimous? Britain's ambassador to the UN is Sir John Sawers:

Listen Listen to John Sawers (30 secs)

Morgan Tsvangirai leader of the opposition

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Zimbabwe's ambassador to the UN, Boniface Chidyausiku, gave The World Today his reaction to the statement:

Listen Listen to Boniface Chidyausiku (2 mins 6 secs)

Back in Harare, the leader of the opposition, Morgan Tsvangirai, is sheltering in the Dutch embassy.

He gave his reaction to the UN statement and assurances from the authorities over his safety in an interview to Rob Tripp of Dutch radio:

Listen Listen to Morgan Tsvangirai (4 mins 18 secs)

Meanwhile, South Africa's governing ANC issued its strongest condemnation yet of Mugabe's regime, saying that it was "riding roughshod" over democracy and that it was deeply dismayed by the situation in Zimbabwe.

For more on the situation in Zimbabwe click here.

First broadcast 24 June 2008