Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said he will boycott a summit of European and African leaders if Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe attends the event.
Mr Brown says Mr Mugabe's presence at the conference in Portugal will "divert attention" from important issues such as poverty, climate change and health.
He tells the Independent newspaper that Mr Mugabe faces an EU travel ban for a reason - "the abuse of his own people".
The European Union-African Union summit will take place in Lisbon in December.
Mr Brown described the summit as a "serious opportunity" to forge stronger partnerships between Africa and the EU.
"I believe President Mugabe's presence would undermine the summit, divert attention from the important issues that need to be resolved," he said.
"In those circumstances, my attendance would not be appropriate."
Mind you, he has only said that his presence wouldn't be appropriate. What do you want to bet that Brown just sends some lackey in his stead?
Another thought occurs: will there be, by any chance, discussions around the EU
Nah, I'm sure it's just my overly-suspicious mind...
* No, not eyeballs: we don't yet have the technology to rebuild him. Anyway... six million dollars?—we should be so lucky. Gordo's costing us nearer £600 billion this year.