Friday, January 18, 2008

Mbeki tries mediation

from the BBC:

Mr Mbeki is meeting President Robert Mugabe and officials from his Zanu-PF party, as well as opposition leaders.

He has been trying to mediate between the two sides to end Zimbabwe's political and economic crisis and pave the way for free and fair elections.

The signals from South Africa suggest a breakthrough in the negotiations over Zimbabwe's future may not be far off....On Wednesday, South Africa's deputy foreign minister, Aziz Pahad, said it looked as if all substantial issues had been resolved....

But there have been sticking points, not least over the timing of presidential and parliamentary elections.

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