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Friday, 8 September, 2000, 17:52 GMT 18:52 UK
Mugabe attacks the 'masters'
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe
Mugabe vows to stand up against the West's domination
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has strongly attacked Western countries for their economic domination of poor nations and for their criticism of his controversial land reform programme.

If the new millennium, like the last... remains the age of the master race, of the master economy and the master state, then I am afraid we in developing countries will have to stand up and say: "Not again"

Robert Mugabe
Mr Mugabe on Friday told the United Nations Millennium Summit in New York that developing countries would, in the new millennium, have to stand up to what he called the master race, the master economy and the master state.

The Zimbabwean leader added that he was being unfairly reviled over his proposals to seize white-owned farmland for redistribution to black people.

President Mugabe's government plans to seize without compensation, nearly 2,000 white-owned commercial farms to be given to poor blacks before November 2000.

'Hegemonic empire'

Mr Mugabe described criticism against his land programme as "staggering", stating that "we will not go back".

"We shall continue to effect economic social justice for all our people without fear or favour," he said.

War veterans
War veterans have illegally occupied white-owned farms since February
Mr Mugabe said due to injustices of the British colonialism, 70% of the best arable land in Zimbabwe is owned by whites who constitute less than 1% of the population.

"The black majority are congested on barren land," he said stressing that his government was attempting to redress the situation through legal, and constitutional means.

President Mugabe accused the large nations of maintaining an agenda "of shrinking the rights of smaller nations".

"If the new millennium, like the last, remains an age of hegemonic empire and conquerors doing the same old things in new technological ways, the I'm afraid we in the developing countries will stand up and say no. Not again!"

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