US calls for end to violence in Zimbabwe

June 23rd, 2008 - 2:28 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, June 23 (DPA) The US called for an immediate end to political violence in Zimbabwe on Sunday, following an announcement by the African country’s opposition that its was withdrawing from upcoming runoff elections. In a statement from the White House, the US blamed Zimbabwe’s ruling party for the violence.

All parties should have the right to take part in the elections and not be targeted by government intimidation, armed militias and so-called “war veterans”, the statement added.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Saturday announced that in the coming week the topic of the ongoing violence in Zimbabwe would be brought before the United Nations Security Council, which the United States current chairs.

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