Sunday, August 21, 2005

South Africa to get tough with Mugabe

President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa has privately conceded his "quiet diplomatic" approach towards Zimbabwe has failed to yield results, opening the way for a more forceful policy towards Robert Mugabe's regime....


The African Union, an alliance of all 53 countries on the continent, had decided to send a mediator to Zimbabwe to broker talks between Mr Mugabe and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. It chose Joaquim Chissano, the former president of Mozambique, for this mission.

But Mr Mugabe refused to receive him and called on those who "should know better" to stop asking him to meet his opponents.

Until deciding on this abortive mission, the AU had always described Zimbabwe's crisis as an "internal matter". When AU leaders gathered for summit meetings, they would ensure that Zimbabwe did not figure on the agenda....

South Africa has more bargaining power over Zimbabwe than ever before. Unable to import essential supplies of food or fuel, Mr Mugabe has been forced to turn to his powerful neighbour for a rescue package.

This report is what was said by a "diplomat" named Miss Jana...who was briefed by SA authorities...she is an MP from Durban belonging to the ANC...

UKTelegraph link HERE

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