UN and EU - crocodile tears

Thabo and BobThabo and BobThe EU saw absolutely 'no problem' with Robert Mugabe attending the Africa/EU summit last December, despite the EU travel ban on him visiting all 27 EU countries.

The Zimbabwean Minister of the Environment and Tourism is chairman of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. The UN's website tells us that, during his current appointment, Francis Nhema has been instrumental in establishing several Trans-frontier Conservation Areas between Zimbabwe and its neighbours. He has won several awards for his conservation efforts and outstanding public services. See here. This year Robert Mugabe attended and spoke at the U.N. summit in Rome to combat hunger.

So, horrendous atrocities are being committed in Zimbabwe, inflation is similar to that of 1920's Germany, people are starving and only now do the unelected Javier Solana, the EU's High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, and Ban Ki-moon make tough speeches about the situation in Zimbabwe.

No doubt Nelson Mandela will have a (deserved) love fest for his 90th birthday yet manage to say not a word about Thabo Mbeke's silence on Zimbabwe.