G8 warned Africans of Zimbabwe sanctions: Canada

Mon Jul 7, 2008 6:39am EDT
 
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TOYAKO, Japan (Reuters) - Major industrial powers told African leaders on Monday that they would call for more sanctions against Zimbabwe unless quick progress was made to deal with a presidential election the West sees as illegitimate, a senior Canadian official said.

"There was a statement by G8 leaders, including the prime minister (of Canada), that unless progress were made on this very quickly, increased sanctions would be called for," the official told reporters.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was declared reelected after a run-off in June in which he was the only candidate after the opposition candidate withdrew.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Rodney Joyce)