World | February 19, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00

Zimbabwe has described as "disgraceful" the European Union's decision to impose personal sanctions on President Robert Mugabe and his ruling elite. Mr Mugabe views European attempts to observe Zimbabwe's March presidential elections as neo-colonialist interference, and has warned the EU to stop meddling. "The EU should not continue to supervise us because we do not go to their countries and supervise them," an angry Mr Mugabe said. The sanctions, which include a travel ban on Mr Mugabe and 19 of his close associates and the freezing of their European assets, were imposed on Monday after Harare expelled the head of the EU observers' mission.

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