EYEAFRICA TV: New York, USA: President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa called for the removal of ‘illegal economic sanctions’ while delivering his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.
The 74th session of the UN General Assembly opened in New York on September 17 with the global climate emergency as one of the key topics.
High-level General Debate started on Tuesday, with 91 heads of state and top diplomats from 193 nations coming together.
He described the sanctions on Zimbabwe as denial of the human rights of the people to develop an improvement of their quality of life.
He said it slows down progress and economic recovery, which punishes the poorest and most vulnerable in their society.
“These achievements are in spite of the continued albatross of the illegal economic sanctions. These sanctions constitute a denial of the human rights of the people of Zimbabwe to develop an improvement of their quality of life. Furthermore, the sanctions are slowing down our progress inhibit our economic recovery, and punishing the poorest and most vulnerable in our society.”
He said as the United Nations, they must boldly honour the principles of the wrongs of the world and set them right, saying unfair practices must be challenged, injustice, racism, and all forms of oppression of man by man must be opposed and rejected. “My country applauds the Sovereign African Development Community, the African Union, and all who stand with us in demanding the immediate end and unconditional removal of these illegal sanctions. Those that impose illegal sanctions must heed this call and lift them now.”
Mnangagwa also commented on the ongoing “climate crisis,” and highlighted that “the recent Cyclone Idai serves as a reminder that the impact of climate change and its damage to human kind and life and health is dire and irreparable.”