Zimbabwe has warned the UN security council that imposing sanctions on the Mugabe regime could turn the country into another Somalia.
The reference to the war-torn Horn of Africa state, where rival factions have clashed for the past 17 years, came in a letter from Zimbabwe's UN mission.
It was a response to proposals by Britain and the US for an arms embargo and financial freeze on Mugabe and top officials in his government in the wake of the election last month marred by violence and intimidation against the opposition.
The mission said such sanctions would lead to the removal of Zimbabwe's government and "most probably, start a civil war in the country".
Earlier this week, the South African president, Thabo Mbeki, who has been criticised for the failure of his diplomatic efforts in Zimbabwe, also warned that sanctions could lead to civil war.
ah, Mbeki still backing his friend...
Guess if you stop Grace Mugabe from shopping, people will die