Tuesday, July 15, 2008

AUChief, Mbeki to discuss Zimbabwe

from AFP:

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) — African Union Commission chief Jean Ping will meet South African President Thabo Mbeki on Friday to discuss Zimbabwe's political crisis, a presidential spokesman said.

"President Mbeki invited Mr. Ping to brief him on developments in negotiations in the SADC-facilitated talks on Zimbabwe," Mukoni Ratshitanga told AFP on Monday, referring to the 14-nation Southern African Development Community.

"The meeting will take place on Friday."

He declined to disclose details of the meeting, which will be held in the capital Pretoria. Mbeki is the SADC-appointed mediator for Zimbabwe, where Robert Mugabe was re-elected in a widely condemned one-man election on June 27.

An African Union source had earlier said Ping was to travel to Pretoria on Monday to meet Mbeki following discussions between Zimbabwe's rival parties last week in South Africa.

The source later told AFP the meeting had been delayed....

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