Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Mugabe criticizes UN


In his address to the U.N. General Assembly Sunday, Mugabe said while his country was the focus of world criticism, black residents of the U.S. Gulf Coast were left unprotected during Hurricane Katrina, the Voice of America reported.

In July, the U.N. housing agency, Habitat, filed a report critical of Zimbabwe's government after homes of slum dwellers were destroyed leaving 700,000 homeless.

"Where is the Zimbabwe famous Habitat, I ask? Why should it maintain ominous silence? For here is real work of the homeless for it! This, indeed, is where it rightly belongs, and not anywhere in Zimbabwe," Mugabe said.

He also said the General Assembly should not be diverted from its important role in re-establishing multilateralism through what he called distractions -- such as Britain putting the Zimbabwe homeless issue before the U.N. Security Council.

"It is my hope that the council will reject this attempt at neo-colonialism," Mugabe said.

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