G8 Leaders Demand Sanctions against Mugabe's Henchmen; (1) Taking a Break: Gordon Brown, Dmitry Medvedev, George Bush and Angela Merkel (2) Heads of State: Members of Oxfam Dress as World Leaders in Holiday Garb at the G8 Summit in Toyako, Japan. They Said the Meeting Has Amounted to Little More Than a Vacation for Some of the World's Most Powerful People

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G8 Leaders Demand Sanctions against Mugabe's Henchmen; (1) Taking a Break: Gordon Brown, Dmitry Medvedev, George Bush and Angela Merkel (2) Heads of State: Members of Oxfam Dress as World Leaders in Holiday Garb at the G8 Summit in Toyako, Japan. They Said the Meeting Has Amounted to Little More Than a Vacation for Some of the World's Most Powerful People


Byline: JOE MURPHY, PAUL WAUGH

THE world's richest nations showed their "revulsion" over RobertMugabe's Zimbabwe regime today.

Leaders at the G8 in Japan called for United Nations sanctions against 14 ofMugabe's henchmen and for a strict arms embargo to be upheld.

Speaking on the final day of the summit, Gordon Brown said they had all voiceddisgust at the violence used against opposition activists. The Prime Ministerhelped mobilise opinion by showing colleagues photographs of a mutilatedvictim.

"The mood is outrage against what is happening in Zimbabwe, disgust at thebehaviour of the Zimbabwe regime, an acceptance by all of them that this is anillegitimate regime that has got blood on its hands," he said.

All G8 members agreed the Mugabe regime was illegitimate, although Russia mayveto UN sanctions, which are also opposed by some African leaders..

Mr Brown was "hopeful" of a draft UN resolution, proposed by the UK and US, toban named members of the regime from travelling to other countries and tofreeze their international bank accounts.

But a G8 deal on tackling climate change was in disarray after China,

India and other rising economic powers attacked countries in the West for doingtoo little to cut their own pollution.

Mr Brown called on the developing nations to make "major steps forwards" tomatch the G8's pledge yesterday to halve carbon emissions by 2050 and hepromised help to create alternative energy sources.

"Developing countries are recognising that they have also got to make majorsteps forward in their commitments to climate change reductions," he said."That is why I emphasise the provision of more than [pounds sterling]100 billion of funds toenable these countries to convert to alternative sources of energy. …

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