Leaders Rip Mugabe's 'Obscene' Trip to Food Talks

President accused of presiding over starvation of his nation
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2008 3:06 AM CDT
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe greets party supporters on his first rally since the Zimbabwean elections, in Shamva about 100 kilometres north east of Harare, Thursday, May 29, 2008.    (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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(Newser) – British and Australian ministers have blasted Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's attendance at a world food summit in Rome, charging him with turning his nation from the breadbasket of Africa into a country plagued by food shortages, reports the BBC. They also criticized him for using food aid given to ZImbabwe to further his own political goals.

"This is like Pol Pot going to a human rights conference," a British foreign minister told the Guardian. "Zimbabwe is one of the few countries whose food crisis is not due to climate change or global prices, but due to the disastrous policies pursued by Mugabe."