Zimbabwe crisis talks resume: S.Africa presidency

The negotiations adjourned last week to allow officials to consult their respective leaders.

Zimbabwe crisis talks resume: S.Africa presidency
Talks between Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party and the opposition MDC aimed at ending a political crisis resumed on Sunday, South Africa's presidency said.

The negotiations adjourned last week to allow officials to consult their respective leaders.

"The talks have begun," said Mukoni Ratshitanga, spokesman for South African President Thabo Mbeki, who is mediating between the parties.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's party began power-sharing talks with the opposition in South Africa two weeks ago, and an initial deadline ends on Monday.

But MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has said the deadline is flexible.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai are under pressure from within Africa and the rest of the world to negotiate a national unity government to end a crisis that has ruined Zimbabwe's economy and flooded neighbouring states with millions of refugees.

Reuters
Last Mod: 04 Ağustos 2008, 08:41
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