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      Text of President Robert Mugabe's speech
      at 62nd Session of UN General Assembly
      Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe President

      Statement by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe,
      Comrade R. G. Mugabe, on the occasion of the 62nd Session of the United
      Nations General Assembly, New York, 26 September, 2007
      Last updated: 09/27/2007 02:30:13
      Your Excellency, President of the 62ndSession of the United Nations General
      Mr. Srgjan Kerim,

      Your Majesties,

      Your Excellencies, Heads of State and Government,

      Your Excellency the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban

      Distinguished Delegates,

      Ladies and Gentlemen.

      Mr. President,

      Allow me to congratulate you on your election to preside over this august
      assembly. We are confident that through your stewardship, issues on this
      62nd Session agenda be dealt with in a balanced manner and to the
      satisfaction of all.

      Let me also pay tribute to your predecessor, Madame Sheikha Haya Rashed Al
      Khalifa, who steered the work of the 61st Session in a very competent and
      impartial manner.

      Her ability to identify the crucial issues facing the world today will be
      remembered as the hallmark of her presidency.

      Mr. President,

      We extend our hearty welcome to the new Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon,
      who has taken up this challenging job requiting dynamism in confronting the
      global challenges of the 21st Century. Balancing global interests and
      steering the United Nations in a direction that gives hope to the multitudes
      of the poor, the sick, the hungry and the marginalized, is indeed a mammoth
      task. We would like to assure him that Zimbabwe will continue to support an
      open, transparent and all-inclusive multilateral approach in dealing with
      these global challenges.

      Mr. President,

      Climate change is one of the most pressing global issues of our time. Its
      negative impact is greatest in developing countries, particularly those on
      the African continent. We believe that if the international community is
      going to seriously address the challenges of climate change, then we need to
      get our priorities right. In Zimbabwe, the effects of climate change have
      become more evident in the past decade as we have witnessed increased and
      recurrent droughts as well as occasional floods, leading to enormous
      humanitarian challenges.

      Mr. President,

      We are for a United Nations that recognises the equality of sovereign
      nations and peoples whether big or small. We are averse to a body in which
      the economically and militarily powerful behave like bullies, trampling on
      the rights of weak and smaller states as sadly happened in Iraq. In the
      light of these inauspicious developments, this Organisation must surely
      examine the essence of its authority and the extent of its power when
      challenged in this manner.

      Such challenges to the authority of the UN and its Charter underpin our
      repeated call for the revitalisation of the United Nations General Assembly,
      itself the most representative organ of the UN. The General Assembly should
      be more active in all areas including those of peace and security. The
      encroachment of some U.N. organs upon the work of the General Assembly is of
      great concern to us. Thus any process of revitalizing or strengthening of
      the General Assembly should necessarily avoid eroding the principle of the
      accountability of all principal and subsidiary organs to the General

      Mr. President,

      Once again we reiterate our position that the Security Council as presently
      constituted is not democratic. In its present configuration, the Council has
      shown that it is not in a position to protect the weaker states who find
      themselves at loggerheads with a marauding super-power. Most importantly,
      justice demands that any Security Council reform redresses the fact that
      Africa is the only continent without a permanent seat and veto power in the
      Security Council. Africa's demands are known and enunciated in the Ezulwini

      Mr. President,

      We further call for the U.N. system to refrain from interfering in matters
      that are clearly the domain of member states and are not a threat to
      international peace and security. Development at country level should
      continue to be country-led, and not subject to the whims of powerful donor

      Mr President,

      Zimbabwe won its independence on 18th April, 1980, after a protracted war
      against British colonial imperialism which denied us human rights and
      democracy. That colonial system which suppressed and oppressed us enjoyed
      the support of many countries of the West who were signatories to the UN
      Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

      Even after 1945, it would appear that the Berlin Conference of 1884, through
      which Africa was parcelled to colonial European powers, remained stronger
      than the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is therefore clear that
      for the West, vested economic interests, racial and ethnocentric
      considerations proved stronger than their adherence to principles of the
      Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

      The West still negates our sovereignties by way of control of our resources,
      in the process making us mere chattels in out own lands, mere minders of its
      trans-national interests. In my own country and other sister states in
      Southern Africa, the most visible form of this control has been over land
      despoiled from us at the onset of British colonialism.

      That control largely persists, although it stands firmly challenged in
      Zimbabwe, thereby triggering the current stand-off between us and Britain,
      supported by her cousin states, most notably the United States and
      Australia. Mr Bush, Mr. Blair and now Mr Brown's sense of human rights
      precludes our people's right to their God-given resources, which in their
      view must be controlled by their kith and kin. I am termed dictator because
      I have rejected this supremacist view and frustrated the neo-colonialists.

      Mr President,

      Clearly the history of the struggle for out own national and people's rights
      is unknown to the president of the United States of America. He thinks the
      Declaration of Human Rights starts with his last term in office! He thinks
      she can introduce to us, who bore the brunt of fighting for the freedoms of
      our peoples, the virtues of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. What
      rank hypocrisy!

      Mr President,

      I lost eleven precious years of my life in the jail of a white man whose
      freedom and well- being I have assured from the first day of Zimbabwe's
      Independence. I lost a further fifteen years fighting white injustice in my

      Ian Smith is responsible for the death of well over 50 000 of my people. I
      bear scars of his tyranny which Britain and America condoned. I meet his
      victims everyday. Yet he walks free. He farms free. He talks freely,
      associates freely under a black Government. We taught him democracy. We gave
      him back his humanity.

      He would have faced a different fate here and in Europe if the 50 000 he
      killed were Europeans. Africa has not called for a Nuremberg trial against
      the white world which committed heinous crimes against its own humanity. It
      has not hunted perpetrators of this genocide, many of whom live to this day,
      nor has it got reparations from those who offended against it. Instead it is
      Africa which is in the dock, facing trial from the same world that
      persecuted it for centuries.

      Let Mr. Bush read history correctly. Let him realise that both personally
      and in his representative capacity as the current President of the United
      States, he stands for this "civilisation" which occupied, which colonised,
      which incarcerated, which killed. He has much to atone for and very little
      to lecture us on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. His hands drip
      with innocent blood of many nationalities.

      He still kills.

      He kills in Iraq. He kills in Afghanistan. And this is supposed to be out
      master on human rights?

      He imprisons.

      He imprisons and tortures at Guantanamo. He imprisoned and tortured at Abu
      Ghraib. He has secret torture chambers in Europe. Yes, he imprisons even
      here in the United States, with his jails carrying more blacks than his
      universities can ever enroll. He even suspends the provisions of the
      Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Take Guantanamo for example; at that
      concentration camp international law does not apply. The national laws of
      the people there do not apply. Laws of the United States of America do not
      apply. Only Bush's law applies. Can the international community accept being
      lectured by this man on the provisions of the universal declaration of human
      rights? Definitely not!

      Mr President, We are alarmed that under his leadership, basic rights of his
      own people and those of the rest of the world have summarily been rolled
      back. America is primarily responsible for rewriting core tenets of the
      Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We seem all guilty for 9/11. Mr. Bush
      thinks he stands above all structures of governance, whether national or

      At home, he apparently does not need the Congress. Abroad, he does not need
      the UN, international law and opinion. This forum did not sanction Blair and
      Bush's misadventures in Iraq. The two rode roughshod over the UN and
      international opinion. Almighty Bush is now corning back to the UN for a
      rescue package because his nose is bloodied! Yet he dares lecture us on
      tyranny. Indeed, he wants us to pray him! We say No to him and encourage him
      to get out of Iraq. Indeed he should mend his ways before he clambers up the
      pulpit to deliver pieties of democracy.

      Mr President,

      The British and the Americans have gone on a relentless campaign of
      destabilising and vilifying my country. They have sponsored surrogate forces
      to challenge lawful authority in my country. They seek regime change,
      placing themselves in the role of the Zimbabwean people in whose collective
      will democracy places the right to define and change regimes.

      Let these sinister governments be told here and now that Zimbabwe will not
      allow a regime change authored by outsiders. We do not interfere with their
      own systems in America and Britain. Mr Bush and Mr Brown have no role to
      play in our national affairs. They are outsiders and mischievous outsiders
      and should therefore keep out! The colonial sun set a long time ago; in
      1980in the case of Zimbabwe, and hence Zimbabwe will never be a colony
      again. Never!

      We do not deserve sanctions. We are Zimbabweans and we know how to deal with
      our problems. We have done so in the past, well before Bush and Brown were
      known politically. We have our own regional and continental organizations
      and communities.

      In that vein, I wish to express my country's gratitude to President Thabo
      Mbeki of South Africa who, on behalf of SADC, successfully facilitated the
      dialogue between the Ruling Party and the Opposition Parties, which yielded
      the agreement that has now resulted in the constitutional provisions being
      finally adopted. Consequently, we will be holding multiple democratic
      elections in March 2008. Indeed we have always had timeous general and
      presidential elections since our independence.

      Mr. President,

      In conclusion, let me stress once more that the strength of the United
      Nations lies in its universality and impartiality as it implements its
      mandate to promote peace and security, economic and social development,
      human rights and international law as outlined in the Charter. Zimbabwe
      stands ready to play its part in all efforts and programmes aimed at
      achieving these noble goals.

      I thank you.

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      I couldn't find this speech on vid, do you know where I could find a vid link?

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      I couldn't find this speech on vid, do you know where I could find a vid link?
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