Despite the travel ban imposed by the EU on the President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, and 130 other members of his regime, Mr Mugabe will in all probability be allowed to attend the Europe-Africa summit in Lisbon on 8 December 2007. None of the EU Member States are backing the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, who is pressing for Zimbabwe not to be allowed to attend the summit. It is being argued that pressure from Western powers would lead to further escalation of the disastrous situation in Zimbabwe and to African support for the Mugabe regime. That is false reasoning. EU Member States are reportedly also opposed to Gordon Brown's proposal that a special envoy be appointed to deal with the crisis in Zimbabwe.
Where does the Council stand vis-à-vis Gordon Brown's proposal? What precise powers would such an envoy have? Why are EU Member States opposed to this proposal?