US government calls for end to violence in Zimbabwe
The government of the United States 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 on 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, dpa reported.