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receives UN-HABITAT officer to advise government on resettlement
Nations News Centre
July 25, 2005
Kofi Annan said today that in a discussion with Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe he stressed that the southern African country's housing
and market evictions must be stopped and those made homeless, estimated
in a UN report at 700,000, must be adequately housed.
Mr. Annan told
journalists that in a telephone conversation with Mr. Mugabe on
Friday, after the report was made public, he "stressed the need
for action to be taken to help the people affected, to stop the
clearances and to ensure that those affected are not only looked
after but they are given adequate housing."
"We, the international
community, would want to muster the aid necessary to help the people
(and) to work with the government in changing the situation," he
Mr. Annan said
all 191 Member States had been given a copy of the report and it
was up to the 15-member Security Council to decide on the next steps.
The report on
Operation Murambatsvina (Restore Order) was written by UN Human
Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka
and her entourage after two weeks of criss-crossing the southern
In it she said
the demolitions were "carried out in an indiscriminate and unjustified
manner, with indifference to human suffering" and, beyond those
who had lost homes and businesses, indirectly affected another 2.4
Stéphane Dujarric said Ms. Tibaijuka had added a UN-HABITAT
officer to the UN country team in Zimbabwe to help advise the Government
on the technical aspects of resettlement.
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