Tuesday, October 18, 2005


Australia is the only country whose representative to a UN meeting boycotted a 'disgraceful' speech by Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said.

Mr Mugabe used the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) anniversary meeting in Rome to launch a withering denunciation of US President George W Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The Zimbabwe president described them as 'the two unholy men of our millennium', comparing them with Hitler and Mussolini.

Mr Downer said Australia's representative at the meeting had walked out prior to the speech.

'I thought his speech was absolutely disgraceful,' the foreign minister told ABC radio.

Fair dinkum.

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