UN says it can't disown Zimbabwe's ambassador

October 15, 2010 04:33

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations on Thursday said it can't disown Zimbabwe's UN ambassador, as the country's prime minister wants, but it is urging full implementation of a power-sharing deal.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai sent letters Tuesday asking the UN, European Union and four nations not to recognize six ambassadors that President Robert Mugabe appointed without consulting him. A February 2009 power-sharing agreement requires the coalition partners to agree on all senior appointments.

UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said that Ambassador Chitsaka Chipaziwa was properly accredited on June 28 and the UN "will be bound by the letter of his accreditation until advised otherwise by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs."

But he said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges all parties to implement the power-sharing agreement "in its entirety."

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