Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mugabe jets in to Copenhagen

By Khanyisa Tabata
16 December 2009

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has arrived in Copenhagen to take part in the final days of the United Nations climate talks. It will be attended by some 120 world leaders.

The European Union has banned Mugabe from travelling to its member states, including Denmark, as part of sanctions against selected Zimbabwean leaders.

But under UN rules, Mugabe holds diplomatic immunity. Danish television says local human rights organisations have denounced Mugabe's presence at the meeting.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has admitted that it may not be possible to get a new deal over global warming in Copenhagen.

Brown told the BBC the barriers were "huge" but "not impossible".

Talks are continuing in a bid to break the deadlock over emission cuts and financial aid for poorer countries.

President Jacob Zuma heads for the Copenhagen later this week.


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