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Namibia slams Botswana for 'war' on Zimbabwe
Posted: Saturday, December 6, 2008
December 05 2008

In a hard-hitting editorial, New Era, whose views are meant to reflect the thinking of the Namibian government, said that Botswana's call for complete closure of borders with Zimbabwe was 'foolhardy', adding that 'brazen advocacy for regime change could escalate tension between the two countries.

The Namibia state owned daily said that Botswana's behaviour amounted to 'a declaration of war through other means against its northern neighbour.'

Botswana, which has toughened its stance against the Harare regime, made headlines after it called for total isolation of the Robert Mugabe-led government.

Botswana foreign minister Pandu Skelemani has said that Botswana is ready to offer opposition party leader Morgan Tsvangirai a haven to set up 'democratic resistance movement'.

New Era said that the statement was an 'apparent code phrase for a military project', adding that Botswana could express its displeasure with Harare without being 'arrogant and pompous'.
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