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Zimbabwe's Mugabe: Claims of Humanitarian Crisis Unfounded

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe told the U.N. General Assembly Sunday that claims of a humanitarian crisis in his country are unfounded.

Mr. Mugabe said those who criticized Zimbabwe's recent program to demolish illegal dwellings and street stalls were trying to tarnish the image of Zimbabwe and depict it as a failed state.

A recent U.N. report called Mr. Mugabe's so-called urban cleanup campaign a disastrous policy that left 700,000 people without homes or jobs.

President Mugabe told the General Assembly that what he calls "Operation Restore Order" cleared the way for a vast reconstruction program that would lead to new factories and homes.

He also criticized what he called Zimbabwe's "detractors and ill-wishers" for reporting starvation in the country. He said those reports were not true.