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UN Secretary-General's statement on Zimbabwe
Annan, UN Secretary General
I have received
the report of my Special Envoy on Human Settlement Issues in Zimbabwe,
Mrs. Anna K. Tibaijuka, based on her recent visit to the country.
I wish to congratulate her on this exhaustive report, and also to
thank the Government of Zimbabwe for the full cooperation she received.
It is a profoundly
distressing report, which confirms that "Operation Murambatsvina"
has done a catastrophic injustice to as many as 700,000 of Zimbabwe's
poorest citizens, through indiscriminate actions, carried out with
disquieting indifference to human suffering. I call on the Government
to stop these forced evictions and demolitions immediately, and
to ensure that those who orchestrated this ill-advised policy are
held fully accountable for their actions.
fully justified, is not enough. We have a duty to help those in
need. In keeping with the recommendations of my envoy, the United
Nations will urgently seek agreement with the Government of Zimbabwe
to mobilize immediate humanitarian assistance on the scale that
is required to avert further suffering. I urge the international
community to respond generously to this call. For its part, the
Government must recognize the virtual state of emergency that now
exists, allow unhindered access for humanitarian operations, and
create conditions for sustainable relief and reconstruction.
Once the most
acute human needs are addressed, the United Nations will play its
part, and give whatever help it can, in implementing the report's
other recommendations. Among these is the call for dialogue between
the Government of Zimbabwe, domestic constituencies and the international
community with a view to working together to address Zimbabwe's
serious social, economic and political problems.
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