Zimbabwe talks end without deal

Power-sharing talks between Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his political rivals ended on Monday without an agreement, an official of regional body SADC said.

Zimbabwe talks end without deal

Regional leaders will discuss the crisis at a summit next week in Botswana or South Africa and all Zimbabwean political leaders have agreed to attend, the official added.

"The meeting was not conclusive and ... on 25th January, the chairman of SADC is going to report to an extraordinary summit of SADC on the meeting held in Harare," Southern African Development Community executive secretary Tomaz Salomao told reporters.

"After then (the SADC summit), a public statement will be made," Salomao said after a 12-hour meeting between regional leaders, Mugabe and the opposition in Harare.

Regional leaders were trying to push the rival Zimbabwe parties to implement September's power-sharing agreement which has stalled amid fighting over who should control which ministries.

Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on Monday insisted on controlling several key ministries before any government can be formed with Mugabe, suggesting no progress had been made on the main hurdle.

South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, Mozambique leader Armando Guebuza and Thabo Mbeki, regional mediator and South Africa's former president, are hoping to persuade the rival parties to reach an agreement to save the pact.

Reuters
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