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UN Security Council Debate Looms On New Zimbabwe Sanctions

The U.S. government on Thursday officially offered a resolution to the United Nations Security Council providing for expanded sanctions against top Zimbabwean officials.

United Nations sources said diplomats were to meet later Thursday to propose changes to the U.S. draft, which was expected to be debated on Tuesday. Those sources would not comment on whether the Security Council would vote on it at that time.

From United Nation's headquarters in New York, VOA's Margaret Besheer earlier filed a report on substance of the U.S.-sponsored resolution.

But some doubt that such measures will move the Harare government of President Robert Mugabe, which has long thumbed its nose at Western sanctions.

National Constitutional Assembly Director Earnest Mudzengi told reporter Patience Rusere that sanctions have been in force against Harare for years but have not induced change and may be more painful for ordinary Zimbabweans than the political elite they propose to target.

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