Magazine article Foreign Policy

In Their Own Words

Magazine article Foreign Policy

In Their Own Words

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Morgan Tsvangirai Prime Minister of Zimbabwe

On his Movement for Democratic Change coming into the government: "It is obvious the level of economic degeneration that just hit us in the face when we went into government. There was a sense of euphoria, which was very short-lived because the decision to go in [to government] was [because] we could not be authors of chaos .... If there was chaos in the country, the outcome would be unpredictable; it would engulf us all."

On working with President Robert Mugabe: "There are sensitivities and emotions that need to be navigated and negotiated [in a transitional government[, it's frustratingly slow, in our assessment, that we have gone this far without at least indicating how the outstanding issues will be resolved ... [but] I am prepared to work with President Robert Mugabe not because he's right but because of the national interest."

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On international help: "My beef with all the international community and diplomats is that, look, those of us who are pushing the democratic reform agenda should be supported so that we can sustain this experiment."

Samir Sumaida'ie

Ambassador of Iraq to the United States

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"Iraq is a traumatized country. …

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