UN chief hold talks on Zimbabwe at Ghana summit

April 20th, 2008 - 4:21 pm ICT by admin  

New York, April 20 (DPA) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said he would hold talks on Zimbabwe with a number of African leaders on the sidelines of a UN summit in Ghana starting Sunday. Ban said he and the leaders at the talks in Accra would discuss “how to get developments there back to normal”, the BBC reported Sunday.

His remarks came shortly after his predecessor, Kofi Annan, called on African leaders to do more to address the crisis in Zimbabwe where three weeks after polls were held, the results of the presidential elections are still unknown.

Some votes are currently being recounted.

Speaking ahead of the five-day UN trade and development summit, starting Sunday, Ban said in addition to Zimbabwe, the problems in Ivory Coast, Darfur and Kenya were also high on the agenda, according to the reports.

He said the conference could not have come at a more “crucial time”, with soaring food prices posing a threat to the stability of developing countries.

Annan called on other African nations to get more involved to help resolve the impasse in Zimbabwe and warned that the crisis could have an impact beyond Zimbabwe.

“The question which has been posed is: Where are the Africans? Where are their leaders and the countries in the region, what are they doing?

“It is a rather dangerous situation. It’s a serious crisis with impact beyond Zimbabwe.”

Annan made his comments to reporters in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, where he held talks with Zimbabwean opposition leaders Friday.

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