Madam, - Now that Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC opposition in Zimbabwe have come to agreement with the Zanu-PF government, brokered by Thabo Mbeki, president of South Africa, perhaps the dogs of war in Europe and America will call off their yelping. Zimbabwe needs peace brought by Zimbabweans, not the western invading forces which have devastated Iraq and Afghanistan for their oil and their pipelines and propose taking over Iran and even Pakistan.

In the mad scramble for oil and mineral resources, the wishes of governments in Africa and elsewhere are under threat.

A large military presence remains all over Africa from the former imperial powers, threatening and stunting development and ensuring that corruption remains rife. It was only when imperial forces withdrew from China and Vietnam for example that real development began.

Zimbabwe needs help, assistance and development not sanctions from Europe and America. - Yours, etc,

SÉAMUS BLAKE, Strand Palace, Youghal.