Bush displeased with Chinese, Russian vetoes on Zimbabwe

Other News Materials 15 July 2008 22:28 (UTC +04:00)

US President George W Bush said Tuesday he was disappointed by the Chinese and Russian vetoes of a UN Security Council resolution that would have imposed sanctions on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's government, dpa reported.

The measure, designed to punish the Mugabe regime for its violent crackdown of opposition ahead of last month's presidential run-off election, failed during a Security Council session Friday in New York.

"I was displeased," Bush said, adding the Zimbabwe was part of the discussions at the G8 summit in Japan last week, including in a conversation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

"There was great concern by most of the nations there ... about what was taking place in Zimbabwe," Bush said. "And it's, frankly, unacceptable, and it should be unacceptable to a lot of folks."

"I was disappointed that the Russians vetoed," he added.

Nine countries voted in favour of the resolution, including its sponsors: Britain, France and the United States. It would have passed on the 15-nation council had it not been for the vetoes.

Security forces under Mugabe's government beat and arrested supporters of opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai in the weeks leading up to the June 27 vote. Tsvangirai won more votes than Mugabe in the first round on March 27 but not enough for an outright victory.

Tsvangirai dropped out of the race one week before the vote, saying he feared for his life. Mugabe easily won the election labelled as a "sham" by the United States and European Union.

Bush said the United States is examining the expansion of sanctions on Zimbabwean officials.