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6. Zimbabwe could face genocide, Ashdown warns

Zimbabwe could face genocide, Ashdown warns

Tue Jun 24, 7:28 AM ET

LONDON (AFP) - The violence in Zimbabwe could descend into genocide like that in Rwanda in 1994, former international envoy Paddy Ashdown warned Tuesday.

Military intervention in Zimbabwe had to remain an option, the former High Representative for Bosnia told The Times newspaper, while also lamenting the "thunderous" silence of South African President Thabo Mbeki.

"The situation in Zimbabwe could deteriorate to a point where genocide could be a possible outcome -- something that looks like Rwanda," he said, referring to the slaughter by ethnic Hutus of some 800,000 people, mainly Tutsis.

Ashdown added that were the situation to deteriorate to that point, military intervention, with Britain playing a "delicate role" due to its history as Zimbabwe's former colonial ruler, would have to be an option.

Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, has pulled out of Friday's presidential election run-off against the incumbent Robert Mugabe, saying violence against his supporters had made a fair ballot impossible.

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