Botswana urges AU to exclude Zimbabwe

1/07/2008 - 17:50

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - Botswana called for the African Union on Tuesday to exclude Zimbabwe from its meetings because a disputed election did not give the government legitimacy.

"In our considered view, it therefore follows that therepresentatives of the current government in Zimbabwe should beexcluded from attending SADC (Southern African DevelopmentCommunity) and African Union meetings," a text of remarks byVice President Mompati Merafhe said.

(Reporting by Cynthia Johnston and Daniel Wallis)

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