Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Mugabe resists African pressure to talk with opposition

July 13, 2005 ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe is rejecting pressure from fellow African leaders to re-start talks with the opposition on political reforms, the state-run Herald said overnight.

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, the current chair of the 53-nation African Union, met Mugabe twice last week on the sidelines of a AU summit in Libya to press him to re-open negotiations with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

South African President Thabo Mbeki also held a meeting with Mugabe in Sirte to push for crisis talks with MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, the newspaper said.

But Mugabe's spokesman George Charamba was quoted in the report as saying that the only contact that the government would have with the MDC would be in parliament.

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