Senegal leader seeks to end Britain-Zimbabwe row

source: ZimNews

published:Wed 28-Nov-2007
posted on this site:Wed 28-Nov-2007
Article Type : News
“Wade and Mbeki are in a sort competition over who deals better in tackling the Zimbabwean crisis”

Dakar – President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal is to hold talks with President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday in a bid to defuse tensions between Harare and London that have overshadowed next month’s EU-Africa summit. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said he will not attend the EU-Africa summit in Portugal on December 8-9 after Mugabe declared he would be present at the talks. But Wade, who has expressed concern that the impasse between Zimbabwe and its former colonial ruler could derail the Lisbon summit, is embarking on a mission to try and sort out matters. The Senegalese leader said South Africa, which has been tasked by a southern African regional bloc to try and resolve neighbouring Zimbabwe’s political and economic crises, could not achieve the task alone. South African President Thabo Mbeki has been leading negotiations to try and end turmoil and the economic meltdown in Zimbabwe which have led Harare to being ostracised by the West and by Britain, in particular.

Eldred Masunungure, political scientist at University of Zimbabwe warned that Wade risked being viewed as a European Union mediator. “If his visit is to [continue reading]

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