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Brown makes Zimbabwe cash promise

Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown said he hoped African Union envoys would go to Zimbabwe

Gordon Brown has promised the world would be prepared to put money into Zimbabwe if democracy were restored.

The prime minister said a group of countries would be "prepared to contribute substantially financially".

Mr Brown also urged Africa's leaders to condemn Robert Mugabe ahead of the forthcoming African Union summit.

Mr Mugabe has said he is heading for a "sweeping victory" after Zimbabwe's presidential election was boycotted by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Mr Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), pulled out of the race - although his name remained on ballot papers - amid reports of violence and intimidation towards his supporters.

Democracy condition

Mr Mugabe is expected to attend the African Union summit which opens on Monday in Egypt.

Mr Brown told CNN: "I think what we are now looking for is that combination of African countries in the African Union, working I hope with the United Nations, sending envoys to Zimbabwe to see what progress can be made, to see what the way forward is.

"And let me also say that we and a group of countries are working together and prepared to contribute substantially financially to the reconstruction of Zimbabwe.

"Countries round the world will do so - as long as it is restored as a democracy."

Mr Brown said he believed a time would come when Mr Mugabe realised the rest of Africa no longer supported "the brutality and the violence and oppression of his regime".

"I believe that those leaders will make it absolutely clear that for Africa's reputation and for the sake of the people of Zimbabwe a great deal has got to be done to change things in Zimbabwe," he said.

'Must go'

Foreign Office minister Lord Malloch-Brown, who will join the summit, told BBC News all measures were being considered to end the Mugabe regime.

"You start with political and economic pressures and you work up through the repertoire, but what you cannot accept is the status quo continuing. President Mugabe has to go," he said.

On Saturday, Mr Brown described the decision to press ahead with the election as a "new low" for the Mugabe regime.

The former Archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu, has said the international community should use force if necessary to intervene in Zimbabwe.

The US is preparing new sanctions against Zimbabwe, and President George Bush said the US would press for strong action by the UN.


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