"EU has no case against Zimbabwe: President"

Our leader speaks:

THE European Union has no case against Zimbabwe because Britain influences its decisions over Zimbabwe, President Mugabe said yesterday.

"There is no case that the European Union should go against us," he told the outgoing French Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Didier Ferrand, at Zimbabwe House.

"That is the issue, but we notice of course that Britain is taking these issues to the European Union..."

The United States was also accused of influencing the EU decision by issuing a warning to its citizens last week to consider leaving Zimbabwe...

Mr Blair, President Mugabe said, admitted he was wrong on his treatment of Zimbabwe, but it was too late.

"They could not retract and redeem themselves because of too much publicity. We are more democratic here than most countries in Africa."