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Archbishop Of York Urges Stepped-Up Sanctions Against Zimbabwe

Britain's Archbishop has urged Prime Minister Gordon Brown to step up intervention in the Zimbabwean crisis with tougher sanctions and campaigning internationally against President Robert Mugabe, whom he called "the worst kind of racist dictator.’

Archbishop John Sentamu told British journalists yesterday that he has no faith in the ability of South African President Thabo Mbeki to resolve the Zimbabwe crisis, and he called for a full boycott of the country's economy and sports teams.

The cleric added that countries should consider obliging Zimbabwe to reduce staff in embassies, as diplomatic privileges were used to take money out of Zimbabwe.

Political analyst Brilliant Mhlanga told reporter Sithandekile Mhlanga of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that expanded British sanctions might help - but that this risks lending credence to Mugabe's claim that Britain is to blame for Zimbabwe's woes.

More reports from VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe....