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    The Zimbabwean delegate would like to note the birthday of President Mugabe who turns 82. He does however, insist he 'feels 28', an indication if ever one was needed of his continuing passion and commitment to his presidency, having led the country from colonial rule to true independence from 1980.

    A flurry of birthday messages have been recieved from around the country, including a particularly eloquent message from the Zimbabwe Farmers Union, who say: "May your visionary selflessness, dedication and shrewd acumen continue to inspire us towards land utilisation for maximum productivity, food security and enhancement of the quality of life for farmers."

    Long may his leadership continue - the delegate hopes that there will be suitable messages from UN General Assembly delegates as testement to the dedication and devotion of Robert Mugabe to his people in the face of economic sanctioning and illegitimate political assault from the unholy alliance of Blair and Bush.
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    While Singapore has not had any direct contact with President Mugabe, or for that matter any formal diplomatic ties with Zimbabwe, we acknowledge President Mugabe's contributions for his unwavering commitments towards ensuring peace and stability in Zimbabwe.
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    (Original post by sanjiv)
    While Singapore has not had any direct contact with President Mugabe, or for that matter any formal diplomatic ties with Zimbabwe, we acknowledge President Mugabe's contributions for his unwavering commitments towards ensuring peace and stability in Zimbabwe.
    South Korea would like to congratulate Singapore on its boldness as country committed to the promotion of democracy. Mugabe GET OUT!!
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    Micronesia notes that prior to Mugabe coming to power Zimbabwe was known as the 'breadbasket of Africa', not only managing to feed its own population, but exporting food to neighbouring African countries. Today, massive proportions of the Zimbabwean population are starving, due to the ridiculous 'land policies', massive corruption and downright bad management of Mugabe and his cronies.
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    (Original post by simeon125)
    South Korea would like to congratulate Singapore on its boldness as country committed to the promotion of democracy. Mugabe GET OUT!!
    The Republic of Sierra Leone would like to wish President Mugabe a happy birthday, whilst condemning the comments made by South Korea. May the President rule for many more years to come.
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    The United Kingdom congratulates President Mugabe on his witty comment and making it to 82 by starving his people so he won't be overthrown. We wish him many more years of barbaric cruelty, torture, injustice, corruption, vote-rigging, censorship, discrimination against different races and sexualities, and the many other fine things which show us just the kind of man he is.
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    (Original post by Wootcannon)
    The United Kingdom congratulates President Mugabe on his witty comment and making it to 82 by starving his people so he won't be overthrown. We wish him many more years of barbaric cruelty, torture, injustice, corruption, vote-rigging, censorship, discrimination against different races and sexualities, and the many other fine things which show us just the kind of man he is.
    The Netherlands agrees entirely with this witty comment.
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    Micronesia is glad to see that Mr Mugabe is doing his bit to drag up the average Zimbabwean life expectancy which has fallen from a high of around 60 to its current level of around 35/40 in the last 15 years of his reign. Micronesia notes that Mr Mugabe has enjoyed over twice as long a life as the average Zimbabwean can now expect.

    Micronesia also notes that the economic crisis that Mr Mugabe has inflicted on his people is, according to the World Bank, "the worst ever seen for a country not actually at war".
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    Greece echos the wise comments made by the excellent representative for Micronesia
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    The Republic of Sierra Leone condemns the harsh comments made against President Mugabe. He was elected into office, and therefore does not deserve these comments. It is not as if he grabbed power in a coup, or by overthrowing a previous president.
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    The Zimbabwean delegate is disgusted by the comments aired by other delegates, although is not suprised: the EU and Western countries have continued their imperialist conquest with consensus from the rulers of many European states, who are unwilling to oppose Blair and Bush.

    Zimbabwe is, however, grateful of the comments from Sierra Leone and Singapore.

    The Zimbabwean would like to point out a number of facts about Zimbabwe:
    - despite having one of the highest prevalence rates of AIDS/HIV in Africa, Zimbabwe has experienced a slower decline in life expectancy over the past decade than many other African countries, including the economic success story of Botswana.
    - Zimbabwe has consistently had the highest literacy rates in Africa, averaging at about 96%. Literacy rates are an excellent indicator of standard-of-living and, in this regard, Zimbabwe achieves similar literacy rates than many OECD countries.
    - Zimbabwe in 1998, ten years after President Robert Mugabe entered power, had the highest expenditure on education of any country in the world as a percentage of GDP.
    - This all against the increasing EU sanctions that lay waste to the economy - much as they did to 500,000 Iraqi children - and the totally-failing structural reform of World Bank strictures.
    - Before recent economic events, Zimbabwe had consistenly been referred to by many eminent development economists as a place where starvation and poverty had been avoided because of well-formed policies.
    - The land reform strategy has, admittedly, led to an overall increase in economic productivity, but has given land to the peasants of Zimbabwe, rather than letting the colonial, commercial farmers or agro-business from the savage, hypercapitalist West.
    - The ludicrous assaults on Zimbabwe for its legitimate land-clearing programme were totally without any serious legitimacy. The British Media (BBC) contended that the reforms were "crashing through the homes of 500,000 people": 1.2 million live in Harare and no-one has suggested half the city is in ruined or half the population have fled in terror. What about the 300,000 relocated because of the Beijing Olympics, or the 150,000 in Dehli (and so on).
    - As mentioned, Zanu-PF continues to win elections. Despite calls from the West of illegitimacy, Zimbabwe's elections recieved widespread approval from many election expert-agencies.

    The Zimbabwean delegate asks the hellenic delegate if he is really so appalled at the Zimbabwean situation, if his country continues to accept over 15million Euros of Zimbabwean imports every year.
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    (Original post by jasperstory)
    - Zimbabwe has consistently had the highest literacy rates in Africa, averaging at about 96%. Literacy rates are an excellent indicator of standard-of-living and, in this regard, Zimbabwe achieves similar literacy rates than many OECD countries.
    Now 90% and falling fast... Guess it is an excellent indicator of standard of living...
    (Original post by jasperstory)
    - Zimbabwe in 1998, ten years after President Robert Mugabe entered power, had the highest expenditure on education of any country in the world as a percentage of GDP.
    The lack of sourcing makes that difficult to check, but let's remember that Mugabe has been in power for 15 years and has only seriously started to **** the country up in the last 5 - 10.
    (Original post by jasperstory)
    - This all against the increasing EU sanctions that lay waste to the economy
    Ah blaming the EU because you can't run a country. That old chestnut.
    (Original post by jasperstory)
    - Before recent economic events, Zimbabwe had consistenly been referred to by many eminent development economists as a place where starvation and poverty had been avoided because of well-formed policies.
    'Before recent economic events' would translate as 'before Mugabe screwed it all up with insane policies'...
    (Original post by jasperstory)
    - The land reform strategy has, admittedly, led to an overall increase in economic productivity,
    Surely you mean decrease?
    (Original post by jasperstory)
    but has given land to the peasants of Zimbabwe, rather than letting the colonial, commercial farmers or agro-business from the savage, hypercapitalist West.
    And I'm sure the millions of Zimbabweans now STARVING AS A RESULT are warmed by the knowledge that at least Western business isn't benefiting.
    (Original post by jasperstory)
    - The ludicrous assaults on Zimbabwe for its legitimate land-clearing programme were totally without any serious legitimacy. The British Media (BBC) contended that the reforms were "crashing through the homes of 500,000 people" 1.2 million live in Harare and no-one has suggested half the city is in ruined or half the population have fled in terror.
    The whole point is that those 500-750,000 aren't part of the official 1.2m population... So it wouldn't need to be half the city. And it wasn't just the BBC claiming it, the UN did too.

    (Original post by jasperstory)
    What about the 300,000 relocated because of the Beijing Olympics, or the 150,000 in Dehli (and so on).
    Relocation is a little different to mindless destruction of homes and businesses.
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    - As mentioned, Zanu-PF continues to win elections.
    ... by rigging them.
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    The Slovakian delegate wishes to send him a cake with a bomb in it.
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    (Original post by Ferrus)
    The Slovakian delegate wishes to send him a cake with a bomb in it.
    enjoy the bird flu.
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    Whatever happened to maturity and professionalism?

    You don't see UN representatives making such reckless statements on an international forum.
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    (Original post by JonathanH)
    ... by rigging them.
    The Republic of Sierra Leone condemns the representative for this accusation.
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    (Original post by jasperstory)
    The Zimbabwean delegate asks the hellenic delegate if he is really so appalled at the Zimbabwean situation, if his country continues to accept over 15million Euros of Zimbabwean imports every year.
    The Greek people and its government have a commitment to Liberal Democracy, which is being brutally surpressed by Mr Mugbabe's regime. Greece, however, does not wish to impose trade sanctions on Zimbabwe at this time, but has considered it, along with our European freinds
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    The Zimbabwean delegate is disgusted by the level of debate on this issue - this is a time to celebrate President Mugabe's high-performing time in power aged 82. If delegates wish to bow to US/UK command and assault without any basis Zimbabwe and her people, may they do so in accordance with the etiquette of the General UN Assembly.

    The Zimbabwean literacy rate is extremely high, about 96% (we reject whole-heartedly American-authored statistics with no backing, although the only recent American figures do indicate a literacy rate of about 95%) and the highest in the African sub-continent. It should be noted Zimbwean literacy is higher than that of Micronesia - this is despite consistent demands from the World Bank for decreased education expenditure so that rich, white, Western financiers can recoup some investment money before inflationary-sourced depreciations in profit.

    EU sanctioning has an effect on the economy, Zimbabwe would like to point out to Micronesia. The very nature of economic sanctions are to a) have an effect and b) have a negative effect. Zimbabwe is impressed that Micronesia undermines EU sanction-policy by declaring it ineffectual.

    Surely you mean decrease?
    Yes sorry, a slight linguistic error was made. Apologies, again.

    The Zimbabwean people have finally over-come the problems of colonial rule by white overlords who owned a vastly unproportional area of land. President Mugabe has re-distributed the land to the peasants, who sadly cannot compete entirely effectively in the hyper-capitalist world commodity market. Zimbabwe would like to point out the inconsistency of the EU subsidising its farmers, thus depriving Zimbabwe's farmers access to their markets. Is this free trade?

    There is no official document from the UN or any other credible agency that identifies the source of such estimates - a lack of transparency that is common of the British media and so-called democracy. The fact that all of the people re-settled were living illegally in dangerous housing, feeding the black market and hence depriving honest Zimbabwean's of a decent-wage and food, has yet to be addressed.

    The Zimbabwean delegate hopes that the Slovakian delegate retracts his statement otherwise further action may be necessary.

    The Greek government have already complied with EU sanctions, notably barring the Zimbabwean sports minister from entering Greek territory. More stringent economic sanctioning (whether in compliance with general EU or pursued independently) would be a grave error from Greece, not only would it point to internal consistencies in the Western rheotoric of free-trade but would also fundamentally violate the axioms of democracy. The Zanu-PF have consistently won elections, for example in parliamentary elections in 2005, in a poll deemed by the Southern African Development Community to be 'tecnically competent and transparent'. This victory was, it should be remembered, in spite of illegal and demonstratedly anti-democratic international funding to the opposition, the corrupt MDC.
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    (Original post by jasperstory)
    The Zimbabwean literacy rate is extremely high, about 96% (we reject whole-heartedly American-authored statistics with no backing, although the only recent American figures do indicate a literacy rate of about 95%)
    Actually, the CIA World Factbook gives it as about 90%. And it's interesting how you reject those 'American authored' figures but provide no source for your own vastly inaccurate ones.

    (Original post by jasperstory)
    It should be noted Zimbwean literacy is higher than that of Micronesia
    Actually it's about the same, with Micronesia's rising and Zimbabwe's rapidly falling. Micronesia's people also enjoy a life expectancy far higher than that of the Zimbabweans, equivalent to the life expectancy before Mr Mugabe came to power.

    Micronesia can only laugh at the deplorable propaganda of the barbaric, hideous Zimbabwean regime and state that it believes not a word of a regime whose policies have sunk their country in to poverty and starvation at what appears to be the fastest rate in modern history.
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    (Original post by jasperstory)
    The fact that all of the people re-settled
    "re-settled" is not exactly an accurate term for bulldozing their homes and livelihoods and leaving them to starve.
 
 
 
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