Canada, the US, the European Union and other western governments have instituted a travel ban on senior Zimbabwean officials. It will be interesting to see what the other African leaders do in responsible. South African President Mbeki is trying to negotiate a power-sharing agreement in Zimbabwe.
Are African leader to move forward with democratic and transparent governments? How they handle Mugabe will set the precedent for newly elected leaders like Congo's Kabila.
G8 leaders condemn Mugabe's 'illegitimate' regime.
As expected, the G8 leaders did not hide their distaste for Mr. Mugabe, who was re-elected on June 27 after opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew from the race, saying his supporters had been intimidated by government thugs.
"The message is that ... the Mugabe regime is an illegitimate regime and that it should be ended," said the Canadian official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.
"The role of the Africans, since it's in their region, is to take whatever steps are needed to remove Mr. Mugabe from power, and this is up to them to do it."
The G8 leaders threatened further sanctions against Zimbabwe unless action is taken soon, the official added. They also warned that Zimbabwe's conduct could hurt Africa's image around the world and have an effect on its economic and social development.