Ghana concerned about Zimbabwe violence

mugabe_blow.jpgThe Government of Ghana on Tuesday expressed "deep concern" over the
deteriorating political climate in Zimbabwe as it prepares for a
run-off of presidential elections scheduled for Friday, June 27.

A
statement signed by Mr. D. K. Osei, Secretary to the President, said
while echoing the concerns of the international community over the
current violence in Zimbabwe, it also wished to support mediation
efforts by regional and continental leaders who were urging a return to
dialogue between Zimbabwean party leaders as the only viable means to
resolve their differences before the election run-off.

The
government appealed to President Robert Mugabe and the entire
leadership of Zimbabwe to resort to all necessary peaceful and
expedient means to cause an immediate cessation of violence and mayhem
in the country.

Ghana also called for the release of all political prisoners as a sign of goodwill and national reconciliation.

The
government also called for the pursuit of dialogue between the
government and all the opposition parties to achieve a conducive
environment for free, fair and transparent elections in the country.

"The
government of Ghana hopes for a speedy return to normalcy in Zimbabwe
on the foregoing terms." Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Sunday
pulled out of the run-off saying he did not want to jeopardise the
lives of his supporters.

Mr. Tsvangirai, who leads the Movement
for Democratic Change (MDC), has now sought refuge in the Dutch Embassy
in Harare saying he feared for his life.

He beat President
Robert Mugabe in the March elections but could not obtain more than
half of the votes to clinch an outright first round victory.

Source: GNA