S. Africa Blocks Sending UN Envoy to Zimbabwe

Security Council hits stalemate
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2008 9:19 AM CDT
An opposition MDC, Movement For Democratic Change, supporter who claimed his rural home was destroyed by ZANU PF party members and that he was intentionally run over by their vehicle struggles to move...   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A closed-door session of the Security Council failed to make progress on Zimbabwe after South Africa led a successful effort to block a plan to send a UN envoy to Harare. The US, Britain, and France pushed for dispatching an observer—and for a moratorium on arms sales. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, meanwhile, blasted Zimbabwe's failure to announce election results.

“It is unacceptable that leaders of the Zimbabwe government have not yet released presidential results after four weeks," he said. "We know who the winner is."