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At U.N., Mugabe rips Western powers

Zimbabwe's president lashed out at Western powers in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, accusing them of genocide and calling for the removal of U.S. and British sanctions.

Robert Mugabe slammed Western-led efforts earlier this year at the U.N. to step up punitive measures against his regime, and he praised Russia and China for blocking them.

“By the way, those who falsely accuse us of these violations are themselves international perpetrators of genocide, acts of aggression and mass destruction,” Mugabe said in his speech.

“The masses of innocent men, women and children who have perished in their thousands in Iraq surely demand retribution and vengeance. Who shall heed their cry?” Mugabe asked.

Mugabe did not mention the election earlier this year, but he thanked South Africa's former President Thabo Mbeki and the Southern African Development Community for their mediation efforts.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won the most votes in March presidential polling, but not enough to avoid a runoff against Mugabe.

An onslaught of violence against Tsvangirai's supporters led him to drop out of the presidential runoff, and Mugabe was declared the overwhelming winner of the second vote, which was widely denounced as a sham.

Under a power-sharing deal signed earlier this month with his rivals, Mugabe is supposed to cede some of the powers he has wielded for nearly three decades in the southern African country.

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