The G8 summit meeting of leading industrial nations took place in Japan; the crisis in rising food and fuel prices, measures to control climate change, trade talks and aid to Africa were among the matters discussed. A strongly-worded statement on the unsatisfactory situation in Zimbabwe, calling on the United Nations to impose a range of sanctions, was unanimously approved by all eight G8 members. Later in the week, when the Security Council met to discuss a United States resolution on Zimbabwe, Russia appeared to have changed its mind and vetoed the resolution in the company of China, claiming that negotiations between
President Mugabe and the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai should be given more time. Iran put on a display of its latest rockets, including one said to bring Israel into range. Some Western experts discounted the Iranian claim but Israel said that any attack would be answered in kind. The Iraqi government said it wanted the United States to provide a time-table for withdrawal of its troops before it would sign an extension of the existing agreement on their presence which ends in December.
THE WEEK THAT WAS