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LONDON - There is "a very good argument" for sending an international force into Zimbabwe if diplomatic pressure fails to sweep away President Robert Mugabe, Archbishop Desmond Tutu said yesterday.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate said the African Union could take a leading role in any such action, as he urged the bloc not to recognise Mugabe as head of state at its summit in Egypt this week.
"That crisis has to be resolved sooner rather than later and, yes, I think that a very good argument can be made for having an international force to restore peace under UN auspices," he said.
"I can't see why ... they would be chary and be too reluctant to intervene forcefully if need be," he said, responding to a question on BBC television on whether there should be military intervention.
Urging African leaders not to recognise Mugabe's re-election, Tutu said: "If you were to have a unanimous voice saying quite clearly to Mugabe ... you are illegitimate and we will not recognise your administration in any shape or form, I think that that would be a very, very powerful signal and would really be able to strengthen the hand of the international community."
Mugabe, 84, was to be inaugurated yesterday after a run-off election in which he was the only candidate following the withdrawal of Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change because of violence against his supporters.
Also speaking on BBC television yesterday, the second most senior Anglican cleric in Britain, Archbishop of York John Sentamu, called on Britain to close its Harare embassy. Military intervention should not be ruled out, he said.
Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has urged the AU to send troops to Zimbabwe, saying last week's presidential run-off was neither free nor fair.
"Mugabe is a shame to Africa and the AU should take its troops to Zimbabwe to free the people in that country," Odinga was quoted by theDaily Nation.- Sapa-AFP